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Calming coastal waters: red mangrove

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Mangrove roots in sand at Cape Tribulation, Australia / Matt Hobbs / LicenseCC-by-nc-nd - Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives

Roots of red mangrove forests protect coastal shorelines by absorbing energy from waves.

Red mangroves "Protect coastal land, by absorbing the energy of storm-driven wave and wind action--creating in effect a natural breakwater that helps stop erosion, preventing a great deal of property damage and sometimes even human death." (Reef Ball Foundation 2007)

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About the inspiring organism
Med_21504 Rhizophora mangle
Rhizophora mangle L.
Common name: Mangrove

Habitat(s): Marine Coastal/Supratidal
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Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

IUCN Red List Status: Unknown

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Ideas for designing buildings in unstable areas. Creation of breakwaters to buffer wave action.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction, safety

Reef Ball Foundation Mangrove Solutions Division. 2007. Why is a mangrove important?. Reef Ball Foundation.
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