Op-Ed: Mangrove Forests and Salt Marshes: Indicators of Climate Change

2 January 2014

Salt marshes, mangrove forests and estuaries are found along our ocean coastlines, and perform a necessary and often vital function in maintaining the ecological balance of life. They are nurseries, filtration systems and a protection against erosion.

Without a doubt, no one would question the importance of these ecosystems and their being necessary in keeping the surrounding environment stable. But humankind has a far-reaching hand in the destruction of these valuable systems, and for centuries, we have misused, abused and otherwise been responsible for their demise.

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