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6 Benefits of Mangrove Trees That You Probably Didn’t Know

6 Benefits of Mangrove Trees That You Probably Didn’t Know

Mangrove trees are some of the most fascinating and important plants on Earth, yet the average person knows very little about them. 

What are Mangroves?

Mangroves are unique trees that grow in dense thickets or forests along tidal estuaries, saltwater marshes and on muddy coastlines. They can be found in tropical climates across North & South America, Africa and Asia. The term mangrove is also used to describe the thicket or forest of such plants.

Characterised by exposed supporting roots, mangroves have remarkable capabilities to survive and thrive in this unique environment.

Why Are Mangroves So Important?

These trees provide critical ecosystem functions, playing a key role in maintaining the health of local ecosystems and communities, as well our planet as a whole. They are also an essential tool in the fight against climate change.

Here are six unexpected benefits of mangrove trees that you may not have known before. We’ll discuss how they help keep our environment healthy, and why it’s important for everyone to care about these incredible trees. We’ll also look at some of the implications mangroves could have on our planet, and highlight the importance of preserving these valuable resources.

Did you know: studies show that mangroves sequester four times as much carbon dioxide pound for pound as the Amazon rainforest. That’s an incredible amount!

They Grow and Capture Carbon Fast

Mangrove trees grow incredibly fast compared to other species of trees. This is super important given the power of fully grown trees to ingest carbon dioxide from the environment. Fully grown mangrove trees reach their full carbon-sucking potential fast, reaching up to two metres in just two years. 

This is super important given the importance of carbon dioxide removal in the fight against climate change.

Mangrove Roots Trap Carbon in Soil

Part of the reason that mangroves play such an essential role in sequestering carbon dioxide happens under the water. Mangrove roots trap carbon in the soils at their roots. This ‘blue carbon’ serves as a long-term store, and it’s essential for keeping our planet healthy.

In the year 2000, it was estimated that mangroves globally store a staggering 6.4 billion metric tons of carbon in the soil at their roots.

Protect Coastlines From Soil Erosion

Mangrove trees play a very important role in protecting coastlines from soil erosion. Their dense roots help bind soil together, and even accumulate more sediments over time. This builds the thickness of mangrove soils, which helps keep the land from eroding away. 

Root systems also play an essential function of slowing down water flows. These are a major contributor to soil erosion.

Barrier Against Rising Tides 

Mangroves also form essential protection against rising tides and flooding. They form a natural barrier which prevents water from entering communities and damaging homes and businesses.

They have been shown to play a critical role in storm protection. During the Asian tsunami of 2004 areas of dense mangroves were subject to far reduced damage compared to others in the same area.

Filter Pollutants From Water

Mangroves also play an important role in filtering phosphates and other pollutants from the water. This helps to keep waterways clean and healthy and contributes to the survival of coral reefs and seagrass.

Fish swim near mangrove roots

Habitat and Refuge for Diverse Species

Mangroves are also a habitat and refuge for diverse species including fish, crustaceans and other types of marine life. They provide a place for animals to live and eat, and help to protect them from predators.

These are all important reasons why we should care about mangrove trees. Mangroves provide essential services to our planet, and they need our help to survive and thrive. 

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