Of mud, mangroves, and radioisotopes
Mangroves advancing in the Firth of Thames. (Photo: Andrew Swales, NIWA)
Many of New Zealand’s estuaries are becoming muddier, as sediment washes into them from rivers and stormwater drains and accumulates, rather than being dispersed by tides. Mangrove swamps are a feature of some of our muddy estuaries, and the Firth of Thames is a good example of a place where mangroves and mud are steadily accumulating.