Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Topic: Mangroves
Site: Versova (Lokhandwala).
Mangroves are trees and shrubs that grow in saline coastal habitats in the tropics and subtropics. Mangroves form a characteristic saline woodland or shrub land habitat, called mangrove swamp, mangrove forest, and mangrove. Mangrove roots provide an oyster habitat and slow water flow, thereby enhancing sediment deposition in areas where it is already occurring. Mangroves protect coastal areas from erosion, storm surge. The average height of the mangrove trees are 3-4meters. Only a few roots of the mangrove are anchored into the water bed while others are floating or partially submerged in water. The roots are intertwined into one another showing porosity. At Lokhandwala; the most common birds are pond herons, bar head geese, median egrets, storks, sand pipers, curlews, terrenes and sometimes even preying birds like sea eagles and kites. Common fish are scats, milk fish, mullets, cat fish and perches.

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