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Mangroves: What are they Worth?

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Christensen, Bo
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 35
Page(s): 2-15
Date: 1983
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8433
Sector: Forestry
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): mangroves
swamps
tropics
land tenure and use
forestry
wildlife
Abstract: "The mangrove forests of the Indo-Pacific areas have a richer flora than those of the American and West African areas, with 63 species, widely distributed. Mangroves are favoured by a humid tropical climate, partly because high rainfall is usually accompanied by silt-laden rivers forming suitable mudflats. They arc generally well developed in estuaries. Mangrove trees also grow on extremely arid coasts where they may assume special importance as the only woody vegetation present-and on coral or rocky islands. In the humid tropics, Rhizophora may attain heights of more than 40 metres."

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