Mangrove Swamps

What Do Wetlands Do?

· Rainwater and agricultural runoff are absorbed into the ground.

· Vegetation and natural minerals in the ground filter out many of the contaminants.


· When the water reaches the wetland, it floods the basin for an amount of time called the "hydroperiod." The wetland holds the flood water and slowly releases it.


What is a Mangrove Swamp?

Their extensive root systems protect the coast from erosion and storm damage. Mangrove swamps are coastal wetlands found in tropical and subtropical regions. They are salt loving trees.These wetlands are often found where fresh water meets salt water and are Known for their impenetrable maze of woody vegetation.

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Animals Fount In Mangrove Swamps

A wide diversity of animals is found in mangrove swamps. Fresh water runoff helps keep the land replenished with nutrients. The nutrients in the land is flushed by the ebb and flow of the tides. These ecosystems sustain tons of worms, protozoa, barnacles (Balanus spp.), oysters (Crassostrea spp.), and other invertebrates. These organisms feed fish and shrimp, which support wading birds, pelicans, and the Crocodile.

Work Cited

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