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Pneumatophores in Zanzibar

Some mangroves grow pencil-like roots that stick up out of the dense, wet ground like snorkels. These breathing tubes, called pneumatophores, allow mangroves to cope with daily flooding by the tides. Pneumatophores take in oxygen from the air unless they're clogged or submerged for too long.

Year: 2016

From album: Zanzibar Tanzania

Photographer: Rob Barnes

Tags: blue carbon coastal ecosystem coastal ecosystems East Africa Indian Islands Mangrove ocean Tanzania Zanzibar

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