Mangroves – IAS Synopsis
Mangrove forests are a group of trees and shrubs that are found growing in the coastal intertidal zone.
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The specialty of mangrove trees is that they can grow in areas where soil is low in oxygen concentration. Mangrove trees can be recognized by prop roots or stilt – roots that give an appearance of trees standing on stilts above water. These roots are a part of many adaptations, we find in mangrove trees enabling them to survive in flooded and semi – flooded conditions.
Mangrove forests are found in tropical and sub – tropical latitudes. In India, mangrove forests are distributed across nine states and three union territories.
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