Mangrove swamp

Mangrove swamp

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mangrove swamp. Coastal swamp of mangrove trees at high tide. Mangrove trees grow in shallow, muddy water along sheltered tropical and subtropical shorelines and estuaries. They have tangled masses of roots which help to trap mud particles and bind them together. Mangroves have vertical breathing roots (pneumatophores, seen submerged at bottom). At low tide, they are exposed and collect oxygen from the air to compensate for the low levels of oxygen in the swamp's soil. Mangrove swamps are important habitats for fish, insects and birds. Photographed in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.

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