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KATHIRESAN, K.. How do mangrove forests induce sedimentation?. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2003, vol.51, n.2, pp.355-360. ISSN 0034-7744.

The mangrove forests play a significant role as sediment traps. They reduce tidal flows and induce sedimentation of soil particles at low tide. However, there are no such processes taking place in the non-mangrove areas. Site of Avicennia-Rhizophora interphase is more efficient than Avicennia and or Rhizophora zones, in trapping the sediment by 30, 25 and 20% respectively at low tide as compared to high tide.

Keywords : Rhizophora; Avicennia; sedimentation; mangrove.

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