Monday, October 28, 2013

Mangroves Remain Most Carbon-Rich Ecosystems on Earth -Scientists Say.

By Charles Ogallo

" Mangroves, like all plants, capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their leaves, roots and trunks (their biomass), and in the soil" says a marine scientist at the US-based worldwide conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy.

 However, unlike most other forests, mangrove soils do not have a maximum storage capacity, but keep on storing carbon in the soil, for centuries or even millennia. In this way, mangroves actively contribute to mitigating climate change by continuously removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

 According to Climate News Network,scientists have known for centuries that mangroves are one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth.

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