Now, I tried to put the following into my own words but, it is so perfectly written that I have copied and pasted it here for you:
“A Case for Mangroves
The approximately 70 distinct species of mangroves in the world cover roughly 17,000,000 hectares globally (Valiela et al. 2001) – only 0.12 percent of the Earth’s surface (Sullivan 2005, Ellison 2008). The greatest diversity is in Southeast Asia (36-46 species); the lowest diversity is in the United States and the Middle East (1-3 species) (Polidoro et al. 2010). Mangroves are being cut down or otherwise destroyed at such a high rate that they may be functionally extinct by 2100 (Duke et al. 2007). In just the last 50 years, 30-50 percent of the global acreage has been lost. (Alongi 2002, Duke et al. 2007) Mangroves are among the most valuable and most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The ecosystems services they provide—e.g., buffering coastal communities against flooding and storms, fiber production, habitat for thousands of species of birds, mammals and marine species—are estimated to be worth US $1.6 billion dollars/year (Polidoro et al. 2010). In addition, recent evidence suggests that mangroves sequester carbon more effectively than any other tropical forest (Donato et al. 2011).”
This is important!
There are 65 of the most influential papers on mangroves and mangrove forests listed on this site. All are worth reading but, we don’t all have that much time….
If there is a paper that you feel is missing, please add it in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.
Barrier islands are islands that form a barrier between open water and a larger body of land. They form a “first defense” of protection from sea born storms such as hurricanes. They protect the mainland against unceasing tidal action and waves. They are breeding and nesting grounds for numerous vertebrates and invertebrates. They form some of the loveliest places, visually, on this planet. But, are they special? When they are in trouble, are they worth saving?
I may or may not agree with what is in the following articles but, every one of these articles is important. I have arranged them in chronological order. My choices have taken into account the inclusions of maps and photographs (it is an easy way to compare today with yesterday). I hope that you open one or two (or all) of them. These research papers are more than just interesting and they are worth a browse through….
A blog worth browsing! SkyTruth Last Chance for Cat Island?
The following are links to grey papers, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Together, these publications form a body of work that is more than just interesting, it is historical and most are scientific in their approach to finding out answers to questions about things like barrier islands and what they do for this planet.
Thesis: Quantifying the Impact of Hurricanes, Mid-Latitude Cyclones and other Weather and Climate Extreme Events on the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands Using Remotely Sensed Data. pdf
Just a quick note. The front cover of this report is stamped “Distribution Unlimited.” There are publishing companies who want to charge to let you see this. It is available for free, just a bit tricky to find….
Article: Land Loss Rates: Mississippi River Deltaic Plain. pdf
Louis D. Britsch, Geotechnical Laboratory, Department of the Army
E. Burton Kemp III, US Army Engineer District, New Orleans
Published in: April 1990
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
If this article is not showing in the link, try copying and pasting the full title (Land Loss Rates: Mississippi River Deltaic Plain) into a search box on your browser. This is a wonderful publication for photographs!
Article: The Flank Margin Model for Dissolution Cave Development in Carbonate Platforms. pdf
John E. Mylroie, Department of Geology and Geography, Mississippi State University (publications)
James L. Carew, Department of Geology, The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina