The mangrove forest is a place of amazement both above and below the waterline. Mangroves have the unique ability to live in salt water, and they use their highly specialized roots to filter salt, inhale oxygen, and extract nutrients from an environment that other trees can not tolerate. The world within the tangled mess of mangrove roots is dark, silty, eerie, and wonderful.

In Hawaii, the topic of mangrove ecology is quite controversial. Many people would like to see mangroves removed here as they are not a native species. Check some of these links for more info on this issue. Send us your thoughts on this at our twitter account @underH2Oshow and sound off in the comments below.

A news report on a lawsuit around mangrove eradication:

A technical report from the University of Hawaii on mangrove removal from a fish pond on the Big Island:

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