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Of course these are all exclusively freshwater wetlands, but we should not forget to include those swamps that border the ocean, where the mystical mangrove trees grow vast and complex root systems, adding hugely to their air of mystery. Mangrove swamps can be found along tropical seacoasts on both sides of the equator. Most people seem to think them filthy places filled with mosquitoes, snakes and spiders, but mangrove swamps not only protect the land from soil erosion and the effects of storms, they also act as a form of pollution control, naturally filtering out industrial and human waste. Like other wetlands, they are important components of the water cycle, absorbing excess water flow during times of flooding.

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