Mangrove Tree Benefits and Threats

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Moni3 at English Wikipedia

Mangrove benefits:

Protect upland from erosion. Root systems stabilize the shorelines

Filter water to maintain water clarity and quality

Roots of red mangrove trees create an ecologically diverse habitat in tropical waters, providing substrate, nursery grounds, and protection for local floral and fauna

Environmental threats:

Waterfront development for homes and resorts

Florida has lost over 44% of its coastal wetlands including mangroves

Destroyed because people think they are ugly, smelly, or wild

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