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Mangroves in Bermuda. Walsingham Pond Caves and Mangroves. What is a mangrove swamp?. It is a forest of lush green vegetation blanketing the marshy low lying areas.

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mangroves in bermuda

Mangroves in Bermuda

Walsingham Pond

Caves and Mangroves

what is a mangrove swamp
What is a mangrove swamp?
  • It is a forest of lush green vegetation blanketing the marshy low lying areas.
  • It is where trees grow that can tolerate the salinity of the water there, and live in with minimal soil. (halophilic=salt loving)
  • Includes 12 families of flowering plants and 50 species of tropical trees and shrubs.
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                              The oldest limestones (those lying closest to the underlying basalt) have become compacted and cemented with time to form durable rocks crossed in places by joints (long, regular vertical cracks). Thicknesses of limestones called beds (or strata) are separated from each other by horizontal surfaces called bedding planes. Rainwater is able to pass through the limestone down the joints and along the bedding planes: the limestone is permeable.

characteristics of mangrove trees
Characteristics of Mangrove Trees
  • Basically are only two varieties of Mangrove on Bermuda. Bermuda has the most northerly mangroves. Because of cold and isolation, the two that grow are:

….red,(Rhizophora mangle) lives at the waters edge with its prop roots in the sea. Prop roots stabilize the tree in soft sediment.. Has smooth reddish bark, leaves are broad and smooth, seedlings retain on the tree. Excretes salt over the leaf surface and through shedding of older leaves.

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…Black, (Avicennia germinans) lives in the swampy zone between the sea and the land. Usually has significant development of peat soil trapped by the roots, this raises the level of the land. Has pneumatophores (small woody fingers which enable the roots to breathe).Leaves fairly narrow, dark green on top, and whitish underneath. Bark is dark, fissured and scaly, red within. Has glands on back of the leaves to excrete salt.
species found in the mangroves
Species found in the Mangroves:
  • Great Blue Herons
  • Snowy Egrets
  • Giant land crabs
  • Hermit crabs
  • Coffee bean snail
  • Land hermit
  • Mangrove crab
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Blue Hole

At

Walsingham

favorite fish breeding site
Favorite Fish Breeding Site
  • The water is calm.
  • The water is less saline than the ocean.
  • There is a good food supply derived from the mangrove leaves
economic importance
Economic Importance
  • Serve as sediment traps promoting aggradation and maintaining the quality of coastal waters.
  • Protect coastlines from erosion during storms.
  • Natural resource base for wood products.
  • Habitats for rare fauna.
  • Nurseries for commercially valuable crustaceans and fish.
  • Educational and tourism resources.
the mangrove as an ecosystem
The Mangrove as an Ecosystem
  • Provides food for supported organisms by dropping three tons of leaves per acre per year.
  • Leaves go through decomposition and become a primary food source for fungi and bacteria.
  • They in turn are fed upon by nematodes, worms and copepods.
  • Leaves give off tannic acid which discolors the water, but the leaves become more protein rich as they go through decomposition.
underwater labyrinth
Underwater labyrinth….
  • Within the underwater root system, organisms are housed and protected including:

tree oysters

Sea squirts

Anemones

Cassiopeia jellyfish

Juvenile fish

Shrimp

Lobsters

in the mud below
In the mud below….
  • Soft sediments house numerous worms, mollusks, crustaceans, and sea cucumbers.
  • Most of the animals in this area are drab in color compared to reef life forms, but the orange sponge and the miniature yellow sea squirt can easily be seen from the surface.
what type of mangrove tree is this
What type of mangrove tree is this?
  • Look at the root system.
  • Are these prop roots?
  • Are these pneumatophores?
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