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Mangrove Coast

  • Norman C. Duke
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_186-1



Mangrove Forests. Vegetated tidal habitat comprised of saltwater-tolerant trees and shrubs. Mangroves are part of a unique combination of plant types called tidal forests or mangrove forests to distinguish them from individual trees and shrubs, also called mangroves.

Mangrove Plants. Mangroves are trees, shrubs, palms, or ground ferns, generally exceeding one-half meter in height, that normally grow above mean sea level and below highest tidal levels in soft sediments along the intertidal zone of less exposed marine coastal environments and estuarine margins.

Tidal Salt Marsh.Shrubbery often associated with mangroves. Tidal salt marsh consists of shrubbery, sedges, and grasses, generally less than one-half meter in height, that normally grow above mean sea level and below highest tidal levels in soft sediments along the intertidal zone of less...


Salt Marsh Tsunami Wave Tidal Wetland Severe Storm Tidal Zone 
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  1. 1.TropWATER – Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem ResearchJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia