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Mangrove Swamp

Life Science - Middle School

 
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Mangrove swamps are found along our tropical and subtropical coastlines. They are rich habitats full of birds like the snowy egret (1), white ibis (2), brown pelican (3), cormorant (4), great blue and yellow crowned night herons (5), bald eagle and red-tailed hawk (6). Alligators (7), crocodiles, sea turtles (8), and dolphins prowl the waterways searching for the fish and invertebrates that hide in the red mangrove’s web of prop roots. Mangrove fish include gar (9), sheepshead (10), bass (11), snappers (12), tarpon, mullet and jacks (13). There are also manatees, sea anemones (14), sponges, snails (15), shrimp (16), blue crabs (17), tree crabs (18), horseshoe crabs (19), anoles (20), and everywhere the air is thick with mosquitoes (21). There are three kinds of mangroves: black, red and white. All can live in salty water. Black mangroves are found in inland swamps and have roots that stick straight out of the water to reach the air. Red mangroves (22) are on the coasts and grow strange, arching prop roots that form a thick web providing shelter for many animals. They are also important for slowing coastal erosion and protecting us from storm surges and tidal waves. Mangroves are threatened by habitat destruction because they were once thought to be wasteland and were cleared for development. Their loss is marked by increased coastal erosion and storm damage and fewer animals. It is now illegal in Florida to cut down a mangrove tree. Mangrove Swamp 4 1 3 5 8 9 6 7 10 11 13 12 19 18 17 16 15 14 22 21 2 20 Amsel
94-4063 Mangrove swamps are found along our tropical and subtropical coastlines. They are rich habitats full of animals. There are three kinds of mangroves: black, red and white and all can live in salty water. __________________ mangroves are found in inland __________________________ and have roots that stick straight out of the water to reach the air. ______________ mangroves are on the coasts and grow strange, arching ___________________ roots that form a thick web providing shelter for many animals. They are also important for slowing coastal ________________________ and protecting us from storm surges and ____________________ waves. Mangroves are threatened by habitat destruction as they were once cleared for development. Their loss is marked by increased coastal erosion, fewer animals, and increased storm damage. It is now illegal in Florida to cut down a mangrove tree. Amsel 4 1 3 5 8 9 6 7 10 11 13 12 19 18 17 16 15 14 22 21 2 20 Mangrove Swamp
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