The future of our planet may rest upon one species: mangroves. But 50% of these precious forests are already gone — here’s why.
Is it a tree? Is it a shrub? Is it an ethereal forest biome? Depending on how you look at it — mangroves are all three. With their stilted roots rising above brackish waters and woody thickets weaving like that of a many-roped plait; mangroves embody the mysticism and wonder of the natural world. Just what hides behind the tangles and beneath the canopies — and could it all be lost in a few decades time?
What are mangroves?