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What is special about mangrove?
In addition to being a marginal ecosystem, a mangrove is unique in that, as an ecosystem it has various interactions with other ecosystems, both adjoining and remote in space and time. Healthy mangrove ecosystems also have the peculiar ability to immobilize heavy metals.
Are mangroves nutrient rich?
Although mangrove ecosystems are rich in carbon, they are in a paradox often nutrient poor. Many mangrove soils have extremely low nutrient availability (e.g., Lovelock et al. 2005), but nutrient availability varies greatly between mangroves and also within a mangrove stand (Feller et al. 2003a).
What is mangrove forest famous for?
Mangrove forests are biodiversity hotspots, and mangroves in India are the perfect unspoiled destinations to see nature’s blessings. Perhaps, the most important mangrove forest in India is the Sunderbans, and its famous resident, the Bengal swamp tiger, the most coveted wild cats in this part of the world.
How are mangrove forests important to the environment?
Mangrove forests capture massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and then trap and store them in their carbon-rich flooded soils for millennia. This is an important ecosystem service as we face climate change.
How is the natural capital of mangroves worth?
The natural capital of mangroves thus has immense worth not only in sustaining lives and livelihoods of millions of people along the world’s coasts, but also in real economic terms. Determining this value, however, is tricky and depends on the type of goods and services considered as well as the method of valuation.
What kind of wood are mangrove trees used for?
Harvested for durable, water-resistant wood, mangroves have been used in building houses, boats, pilings, and furniture. The wood of the black mangrove and buttonwood trees has also been utilized in the production of charcoal.
What kind of fish live in the mangroves?
These habitats provide a rich source of food while also offering refuge from predation. Snook ( Centropomus undecimalis ), gray snapper ( Lutjanus griseus ), tarpon ( Megalops atlanticus ), jack ( Caranx spp. ), sheepshead ( Archosargus probatocephalus ), and red drum ( Sciaenops ocellatus) all feed in the mangroves.