A short moving overview, approach and frigates
The mangrove is a wetland ecosystem present in tropical coastal areas. It is mainly composed of woody plants able to adapt to a highly saline environment, a weakly oxygenated floor and
changes caused by the swell.
This adjustment is possible thanks to waterproof roots which filter as much as 97% of the salt and by developing an elaborate system of stilt roots which can retrieve oxygen above the ground.
The primary component of the mangrove vegetation is the mangrove tree. It forms the bulk of the of trees spread out along the coastline or further offshore.
The mangrove helps to secure the coast but it is mostly an important ecological system, biomass producer and the habitat of a very diverse wildlife from crustaceans (crabs), molluscs (oysters, barnacles), fish (stingrays, barracudas) and birds (terns, frigates ...).
Unfortunately it is everywhere endangered by the development of human activities, marine pollution, including chemical and industrial.
The disintegration of the coral reef, natural protective wall also constitutes a risk factor for the survival of the mangroves.
In Guadeloupe mangrove lies mainly in the Grand Cul de Sac Marin, a zone located in the North, in the hollow formed by the junction of the two islands Basse Terre and Grande Terre, on the coast between the towns of Sainte Rosa and Petit Canal.
It also extends along the shores of the Riviere Salée
To visit the mangrove swamp means discovering a preserved aspect of the natural geography of Guadeloupe, a flora and wildlife, original but ... delicate system!
This means avoiding possible damage to such places, which can be destroyed by propellers or poorly placed anchors.
The best is to rely on some professionals, used to respect these natural sites, and able to show all the features of this unique environment.
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