Mangrove forests have adapted to survive rising and lowering tides and tropical storms and monsoons. However, they can be quite fragile if they encounter toxic elements that they are not adapted to deal with, such as oil. Oil has the potential to seriously harm mangrove ecosystems. The oil could potentially kill the mangroves if an oil slick were to enter the mangroves during high tide and become deposited on the ariel roots. This could result in oil covering the tree pores causing the asphyxiation of the trees. There are also toxicity of substances in oil that can cause the death of trees.
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