The mangroves of Madagascar

The mangroves

While in most parts of the world, oceans gnaw the coast, mangrove swamps, them, move forward on the sea and make it “move back”. Mangroves are found in tropical areas of the globe and its most characteristic trees are mangrove trees with their buttress roots that allow them to be anchored to the bottom and resist tidal. In the western Indian Ocean, Madagascar has the largest area of mangrove with nearly 330 000 ha of which 97% on the west coast. Few species of trees constitute the mangrove swamp which is an environment difficult to access, blocked by pneumatophores and by roots stilts, on a muddy bottom.

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