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Tidal Forests of Kenya
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July 6, 2009: Mangrove 101
Jambo! Habari gani?
It is less than two weeks to go before I fly to
Kenya! I have had my last vaccination, acquired malaria tablets and
have booked a return train ticket from Nairobi to Mombasa (the
rendezvous point for the expedition). I am getting more excited but am
trying to stay focussed at work. Evenings at home are spent poring
over maps and guidebooks getting ready for my adventure. Will and I
(the Western Australian Earthwatch participants) have appeared in Alcoa
of Australia's magazine and on the Alcoa Intranet and I am often getting
quizzed about Earthwatch, the expedition, mangroves and how to apply
Despite needing no prior knowledge on mangroves for the expedition (as
project staff will provide introductory lectures and training), the
scientist in me cannot help doing a bit of pre-reading. Some facts I
would like to share that I have discovered from my readings include:
That's all for now; my next blog entry will probably be from Dubai as I
wait for my connecting flight.
- Mangroves sequester 1.5 metric tons/hectare/yr of carbon
- Mangroves are known as the rainforests by the sea.
- Large stretches of the sub-tropical and tropical coastlines of
Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Americas and the Caribbean are fringed by
- Mangrove forests were once estimated to cover over 32 million
hectares. Now less than 15 million hectares remain
- Where the mangrove forests have been cleared, problems
of erosion and siltation have occurred
- The root structure of mangroves can attenuate a wave's energy,
reducing the damaging effects of storm driven waves from hurricanes and
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