Forests | VOL. 8, ISSUE 48, May-June 2008 |

The Emerald Coastguards

Mangrove Forests in India

The rushing waves splash upon woody serpentine mesh of stilt roots and spiny structures rising from the soft coastal mud, and come to rest. Swirling softly below the emerald green, bereft of its erosive force, the waves bring in fresh nutrients for the little nursery of marine fauna nestling within. Mangroves, a unique group of plants, create a labyrinth of roots that clutch on to the swishing silt to build an ecosystem of exemplary importance. Repetitive cycles stabilise sediments making...

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