PLANT MILLIONS OF MANGROVES AT RIVERSIDE!! Flood protection + Food-chain frontline! Protect-restore the humble Mangrove forest's *vital* alchemical Nature-secrets! ~ Here tiny seedlings sprout in a tangled family-tree birthing centre. FAVE to support!!!
Feel the simple beauty here. This superb foreshore Mangrove community is at beautiful Boat Haven cove, in gorgeous Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, N. Queensland. [Edited and re-balanced image, to restore the actual forest colors.]
The seeming simplicity of this tropical and sub-tropical coastal ecosystem may mask an exciting future ... perhaps this could be an ideal site for a regional Eco-Tourism Education Centre, or a Coastal Ecology training project! - This is my only photo at ground level of the mangrove foreshore at Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach. [Camera: Nikon F90. Image scan upload.]
CAUTION - PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THIS ECO-INFORMATION!! ~ To the untrained glance, this littoral zone may seem artistic chaos. However, a humble appearance belies the vital status of Mangroves, as a natural 'Life powerhouse', to be ignored or despoiled at humanity's peril.
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I seek your help, please!! -- Thanks for your kind INVITATIONS to prestigious groups.. I wish to gain a HIGH SCORE IN FAVES!! for access to upper level groups, and to gain strong support for emerging projects, to help to rethink the global loss of coastal safety by widespread destruction of the mangroves. Your strong support will help stimulate people's curiosity about mangroves, and to change the flawed thinking that only 'ethereal' beauty should be appreciated, conserved, and protected. Mangroves are awesome helpers of humanity and profound coast protectors!!! To indicate that you KNOW the mangrove nursery is a potent, richly beautiful, vital component of coastal protection, plus of our planetary food-chain, I humbly suggest that you FAVE THIS PHOTO!!!
The goal is to demonstrate that food-chain wetlands nurseries are VITAL, plus a truly significant form of life-giving beauty, which nurture multiple species to maturity and good health. [Please FAVE and help this photo gain +++ FAVES!!!!, to qualify for entry to the highest super-strata of flickr.] .
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You are invited to support this page. Please read, *FAVE* and comment - to help attract the attention of those who do not normally view socially significant and thoughtfully researched photo-essays, as their artistic sensitivities have become over-focussed on 'pleasure-viewing' [eye-candy] of images which appeal aesthetically. My purpose is to promote the need for E-X-T-R-E-M-E respect by each of us, especially by commercial developers, eg. of industries such as urban development, and extraction of mineral sands and other mining, plus habitat-exploitative commerce for timber, fishing, lobster-potting, and the capture of other seafood, plus more recently aquaculture farming.
UNEP ~ The UN Environment Program expressed great concern in Oct. 2006: "[P]ollution -- linked with rising coastal populations, inadequate treatment infrastructure and waste handling facilities -- is putting at risk human health and wildlife and livelihoods from fisheries to tourism. There is rising concern too over the increasing damage and destruction of essential and economically important coastal ecosystems like, mangrove forests, coral reefs and seagrass beds." - www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentI... .
The Mangrove forest system is critical to planetary health. Yet Mangrove wetlands continue to be viewed in an ill-informed non-scientific perspective, as ugly, painfully humble, evil-smelling - an unappealing region. They are far from this. For our health, we MUST change this flawed public perception. The Mangrove is the LIFE LABORATORY FOR THE PLANET. It is in great peril! *** Urban developers have NOT got the message!!! *** ~ The mangroves are vanishing!!!!
Dr Daniel M. Alongi, author of Present state and future of the world's mangrove forests, from Australia's Institute of Marine Science, states: "Over the next 25 years, unrestricted clear felling, aquaculture, and overexploitation of fisheries will be the greatest threats, with lesser problems being alteration of hydrology, pollution and global warming. Loss of biodiversity is, and will continue to be, a severe problem as even pristine mangroves are species-poor compared with other tropical ecosystems." [Alongi, Daniel M., Present state and future of the world's mangrove forests, in "Environmental conservation", Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 331-349, 2002, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.]
Let it be said that in the humble Mangrove colony lie vast alchemical food-chain miracles!! ~ The mangrove food-chain commences via the rotting detritus of exfoliated mangrove leaves, as the principal nutrient for local fish, crabs, shrimp, and lobsters, etc. For Queensland especially, the Mangrove community plays an immense role in the economic and culinary wellbeing of the State, as the presence of mangroves provides life-stability for about 75% of caught fish and prawns in the commercial fishing industry, and also provides food for a variety of supplementary food chains.
In the above photo, we note that a sprightly new generation of mangrove shoots has burst to life on an 'unimproved' shoreline. Juvenile seedlings benefit greatly from growing in the privileged shelter of a firmly anchored ancestral tangle, where they enjoy the full protection of an established family position, and find nurture and shelter amid the protective roots of their forbears.
While birds love to sup on flower-nectars, thus pollinating them, plus on accessible new tree-top foliage, they also enthusiastically rip out and feast on exposed young seedlings. By sprouting amid the snug security of the family tree's roots, mangrove juveniles enjoy greater parental protection, simply by benefit of diminished accessibility amid the maternal root tangle. However, while various fauna may damage new seedlings, they also feed on decaying ones, accelerating the nutrient recycling process. Tiny creatures like crabs, burrowing among the roots, improve the saline soil with their droppings. Other miniature mangrove organisms likewise play a significant part in the mangrove food chain, extending its influence far beyond its shoreline habitat, and helping to inter-link adjacent systems.
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* Useful further reading:
UNEP/GPA of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities - www.gpa.unep.org/
IUCN, with UN Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery - Mangroves for the Future. - www.iucn.org/tsunami/MFF/mangroves_aug_2006_8.pdf
Predicting Future Mangrove Forest Migration in the Everglades Under Rising Sea Level - www.nwrc.usgs.gov/factshts/030-03.pdf ;
P. Saenger, "Mangrove Ecology, Silviculture and Conservation", 1-4020-0686-1, Kluwer. Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2007;
Thomas E. Lodge, "The Everglades Handbook - 2nd Edition: Understanding the Ecosystem", CRC Press, 2004;
The future of mangrove research, Hydrobiologia, Volume 413, Number 1, October 1999 , pp. 9-10(2), Springer;
T. W. Doyle, 1998, Modeling global change effects on coastal forests, in G. R.Guntenspergen and B. A.Vairin, eds., Vulnerability of coastal wetlands in the southeastern United States: Climate change research results, 1992-97: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources, Division Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR-1998-0002, pp.105;
T.W. Doyle, and G. Girod, 1996, The frequency and intensity of Atlantic hurricanes and their influence on the structure of south Florida mangrove communities, in H. Diaz and R. Pulwarty, eds., Hurricanes, Climatic Change and Socioeconomic Impacts: A Current Perspective, pp. 111-128: New York, Westview Press, pp. 325.
A.I. Robertson & D. M. Alongi, eds., "Tropical Mangrove Ecosystems", American Geophysical Union, 1992 - A collection of academic papers on mangrove systems, via the Australian Institute of Marine Science;
Importance of coastal Mangrove habitats to the Quensland [Australia] lifestyle and economy - www.epa.qld.gov.au/register/p00820ax.pdf;
Daniel M. Alongi, Present state and future of the world's mangrove forests, Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB 3, Townsville MC, Queensland, Australia 4810, in "Environmental Conservation" (2002), Volume 29 Issue 03 - Sep 2002, 29: 331-349 Cambridge University Press, © 2002 Foundation for Environmental Conservation, Published online by Cambridge University Press 13 Nov 2002.
UNEP Mangroves - Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, Office of Executive Director, - Tel: +254 20 762 3084; Mobile: 254 733 632 755, E-mail: email@example.com ; or Robert Bisset, UNEP Spokesperson for Europe - Tel +33 1 4437 7613, Mobile +33-6-2272-5842, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Solomon, Information Officer, UNEP/GPA on Tel: 31 (0)70 311 4422, E-mail: email@example.com ;
Dr. Gabriel Lopez, Director of Global Strategies, World Conservation Union (IUCN), Rue Mauverney 28, Gland – Switzerland - T: +41 22 999 0000 - www.iucn.org/mff/ ;
Dr Daniel M. Alongi Tel: +61 7 47534211 Fax: +61 7 47725852 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ;
U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506 - Thomas W. Doyle - T. 337-266-8500; Fax: 337-266-8513 - www.nwrc.usgs.gov
Patricia Davis, Project Manager, Community Centred Conservation (C3), "Our Mangroves, Our Future - Conservation and Destruction in Palau" [Video] - email@example.com, or Vernice Yuji, Environmental Science Instructor, PCC - Pala 48802470/1#. Webpage - www.c-3.org.uk/English/Palau/mangrove.htm
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