Roots of red mangrove forests protect coastal shorelines by absorbing energy from waves.

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Red mangroves "Protect coastal land, by absorbing the energy of storm-driven wave and wind action--creating in effect a natural breakwater that helps stop erosion, preventing a great deal of property damage and sometimes even human death." (Reef Ball Foundation 2007)

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Why is a mangrove important?

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Red MangroveRhizophora mangleSpecies

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