Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Mangrove Coast Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1504

This is a unique biological coastal landscape consisting of salt-tolerant mangrove communities. It is a special type of coastal wetland and biological breeding ground and habitat in tropical and subtropical areas. In China, mangrove coasts are mainly located in Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi Provinces. Mangroves have lush canopies and special root systems that trap dead branches and fallen leaves, which decrease the coastal erosion caused by storms and slow the tidal flow to promote sand and mud accumulation and coastal siltation. As such, mangrove transplanting has been adopted as a means of coastal protection in tropical coastal regions. There have been several successful cases on the coasts of Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces, and these coasts have become tourist attractions.

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