HEARTS OF LIFE

Mangrove Swamps in New Caledonia

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Situated between land and sea, it plays a buffer role in protecting the coastline against marine erosion especially during the cyclones, and provides a filter through the mesh of aerial roots that retains the particles that might pollute the lagoon.

This is a nursery where numerous species of fish lay their eggs so their offspring might grow up sheltered from predators; the tasty seafood like the mangrove crab can be found also in the mangrove.

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The Caledonian mangroves forest

In New Caledonia, the surface covered by mangroves is 220 km ² or 1.3% of the total land area. They are situated in sheltered bays at the mouths of rivers where they cover larger areas. The geographical distribution of mangroves is mostly on the WesternCoast. This coast has large plains where the rivers are stretching gently forming deltas at their mouths.

The Heart of Voh, found in the Northern part of Grande Terre (Mainland), was made famous by the cover of the book The Earth from Above (La Terre vue du Ciel) by the photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It is a natural clearing in the mangroves bordering the Caledonian lagoon. The powerful message sent by this curiosity of nature made the Heart of Voh a symbol of the Earth and the imperative of preserving it.

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