Tue. May 17th, 2022

The complex submerged root system of a mangrove forest. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Researchers have uncovered the origins of a mysterious deficient forest locked inside the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Usually trees of this species – known as red mangroves, or Rhizophora mangel grows only in salt water along tropical shores. But this forest is located near the San Pedro River in the state of Tabasco, more than 200 kilometers from the nearest sea. Somehow, these mangroves have adapted to live exclusively in this freshwater environment of southeastern Mexico.

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