In our mangroves, it is common to see a degrading tree. On the eastern bank of the Sungei Mandai Besar, many trees are toppled over leaving behind a tidal pool where the base of tree once stood.
With time, this tree base and trunk will be reduced by marine wood borers into filmsy, hole-peppered wood and wood fragments. A community of animals will occupy this niche and eventually the wood disappears, leaving no trace of its presence.
This pool will eventually silt up and become a very soft patch of mud amidst firmer ground, perhaps capturing the unwary traveller, before hardening up from mud and sand deposits brought in by the tide.
In other areas, soil accumulates and seedlings grow, reclaiming new land. The mangroves are always changing, and nothing is permanent.
Posted at 3:36AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .