1) Mangrove forests stabilize the coastline, reducing erosion from storm surges, currents, waves, and tides.
2) Intricate root system of
mangroves also makes these forests attractive to fish and other organisms seeking food and shelter from predators.
3) Grow in areas with low oxygen soil, where slow moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate.
4) Mangrove forests only grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes near the equator because they cannot withstand freezing temperatures.