Story: Estuaries

Mangemangeroa estuary, Auckland

Mangemangeroa estuary, Auckland

Over the last 150 years, Auckland’s Mangemangeroa estuary has been rapidly filled with sediments from the surrounding hillsides. Mangrove shrubs, shown here as a fringe between the land and sea, colonise the intertidal muds. In this estuary the area covered by mangroves increased by 50% between 1955 and 2000.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - Where fresh water meets the sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006