Red Sea Mangroves Fight Back in the Face of Global Decline
Mangrove roots. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.
Mangroves are superheroes on both land and sea, storing carbon and providing protection for coasts.
The Red Sea is one of the world’s saltiest and warmest seas. It is an extremely harsh environment, surrounded by desert and subject to very high temperatures. No rivers empty into the sea, which, along with the warm conditions, give it its high salt content. The mangroves found along the Red Sea coasts are some of the northernmost in the world.
However, there has been no decline in mangrove stands in the Red Sea – the body of water that runs between Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
The extreme conditions mean that the mangroves of the Red Sea have been subjected to much lower levels of human activity than elsewhere.
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