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How Artificial Mangroves Could Restore Lost Habitats Along Florida's Coast03:52
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This artificial red magrove root system is made out of concrete and ground-up oyster shells. (Jessica Meszaros/WGCU)
This artificial red magrove root system is made out of concrete and ground-up oyster shells. (Jessica Meszaros/WGCU)
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Along Florida’s coasts are seawalls built to prevent the shoreline from eroding. But that defense sometimes means removing natural habitats, like the forests of shrubs called mangroves.

Now, researchers have created fake mangroves in hopes of turning these solid barriers into thriving ecosystems, and bringing back marine life that was lost to development. Jessica Meszaros (@JMMeszaros) from Here & Now contributor WGCU reports.

This segment aired on April 6, 2017.

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