Environment | Science

Florida's Mangroves Move North As Temperatures Rise

NPR | Dec. 31, 2013 3:56 p.m.

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Christopher Joyce

Mangroves, those luxurious coastal thickets of exotic forest and nurseries for fish, are moving north. Satellite images show the mangroves along the Florida coast are thriving in areas to the north that used to be too cold. It’s another result of higher temperatures, and especially a lack of freezing temperatures farther north. It’s good news for mangroves, which are disappearing in many parts of the world, but bad for the northern salt marshes they replace.

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