These wonderful trees were created to live in oxygen deprived, salt-waterlogged, tidal soil. So they flourish in places where other trees die. In order for these awe inspiring trees to do this work God created a complex system which includes:
Special oxygen absorbing cells in the “snorkels” that resist water and salt.
Water resistant bark
Special cells to separate and secrete salt.
Special seeds to withstand the harsh conditions. (see my post Trees That Give Live Birth)
Special underground roots to make the most of water-logged but chemically rich soil.
Special roots for stabilizing the tree in unstable soil.
I still remember my first opportunity to explore a Mangrove. It was a number of years ago in Belize. There is nothing like it in the world. I shot these pictures in Queensland, Australia. The last one, below, is of Carol as we were hiking on a trail through the Queensland rain forest to reach the mangroves. God is amazing (and so is Carol, by the way)!