Freshwater_Florida_@motemarinelabCoastal communities benefit in many ways from the mangrove forests that naturally hug the shoreline. They act as a powerful carbon sink, drawing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As well, mangroves protect shorelines and coastal residents from storms and tsunamis by dampening the effect of waves.

Read more about the positive role that mangroves play in the environment in this story: Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat.

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