Mud Glorious Mud
Mangrove swamplands, or mangrove forests are tropical places where the sea meets the land, but in an ill-defined sort of way. No nice beach with high and low water marks, rather a muddy expanse of trees and shrubs.
There are about twenty different families of plants that have somehow managed to invade the sea's edge. Twice a day, every day the tides drown, then expose the tangled mass of roots.
Mangrove plants much be able to cope with the high salinity of sea water, each species has its own tolerances and differing methods of coping with the harsh environment.Snorkel roots rising from the thick mud provide a continuous air supply to the main roots buried deep below. One problem for mangrove trees that snorkel roots help solve is the poor oxygen level in the waterlogged muddy soil.
Once established the roots of mangrove forests provide shelter for young fish, oysters, crabs and other marine invertebrates.
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