Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The growing mangrove forest

This is a photo of new mangrove trees that are creeping out from the existing mangrove forest and starting to grow in the sand flats near where the Langosta estuary flows into the Pacific. In future years this area of the estuary might be covered with a thicket of mangrove trees similar to what I posted yesterday.

It is beneficial for the environment that mangrove areas in Costa Rica are protected from development and are actually growing. In many places of the world, Florida in particular, mangroves have been replaced by development.

Tomorrow we will leave the beach and begin a new series of photos.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are showing photos of the Villa Melzi in Bellagio, Italy.

7 comments:

brattcat said...

do they create seed with a fruit? do they have an underground root structure that sends up new plants?

Kate said...

It seems incredible to me that from these small shoots grow the enormous thickets that you have shown us. I didn't realize their importance 'til I googled mangroves the other day. I wonder if any products are made of them, e.g. baskets?

Sharon said...

I'm with Kate, it does seem hard to believe that such small shoots will grow to such a complex thicket of plants. Interesting.

Irina said...

Good that people care about the trees.

JM said...

Mangroves are some of the most fascinating plants I know and the variety of wildlife in their habitat is also fantastic. Unfortunatelly it's almost impossible to keep them at home.

glenda said...

Amazing that they spread like that.

Jack said...

This is cool, Dave. I know that mangroves spread in this way, but I don't think I have paid enough attention to notice the little future invaders.

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