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Coral Reefs are in danger. In the mangroves of Hurricane Hole on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, however, there are more than 30 coral species growing among the tree roots, including four threatened species. Mangrove trees' thickets of stilt-like roots protect coastal land from erosion and help mitigate the damage of tsunamis and hurricanes.
Warming waters have not been kind to coral reefs. Heat causes corals to release the photosynthetic algae that live within and help feed the reefbuilding creatures—a phenomenon called bleaching, which is often fatal.
Preserving mangroves is a new strategy for saving the coral reefs.
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