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Mangrove Mania: How Elevation Change and Sea-Level Rise Affect Mangrove Forests

This article is from Issue Hawaii Pacific Islands - Vol. 16 No. 1.

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Mangrove forests include trees and shrubs found in the tropics that have large root structures and create barriers that help protect coastlines. The mangrove forests provide protection for the villages, agricultural areas, and other things on the island. Because the mangrove forests are so important, the scientists in the study wanted to know how different elevation changes on the islands and sea-level rise effect mangrove forests.

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NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms (C)
  • Nature of science (G)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Populations, resources and environments (F)
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  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)