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How a mangrove forest recovered following Hurricane Andrew

Hurricane Andrew crossed the Florida peninsula just south of Miami 25 years ago and ripped up mangrove cover along the coastlines with its storm surge and extreme winds.  According to a story this week in the Miami Herald, “Michael Ross, a landscape ecologist at Florida International University, has been visiting the same stand of mangroves on southern Biscayne Bay, year after year, taking students to record the recovery of a forest wiped out by Hurricane Andrew. Today, the destruction of a quarter century ago is invisible to passing boaters and nobody else in their right mind — aside from Ross and his students — would willingly endure the agony of hiking here on foot. It means muscling through the head-high thickets of mangroves, sinking into knee-deep muck and slapping at clouds of salt marsh mosquitoes.” You can read this interesting story at http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article169442277.html.