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TheTeh
18th Jan 2007, 06:14 PM
Went travelling in Malaysia during Dec and went to a few interesting trips and took some photos to share with all of you! Hope you find them interesting, inspirational (for aquascaping) and informative!

Here are some of the photos:
http://www.theteh.com/assets/images/db_images/db_2006-12-20_08-58-46_IMG_47461.jpg

http://www.theteh.com/assets/images/db_images/db_2006-12-19_07-05-22_IMG_47761.jpg

For the complete photojournal, please visit here:
Malaysian Mangrove Swamp Trip (http://www.theteh.com/html/malaysian_mangrove_swamp_trip.html)

MariaMakiling
19th Jan 2007, 10:38 AM
Great photo journal. I absolutely love mangrove swamp. I used to explore the ones in Florida when I was younger. Unfortunately, many mangrove swamps are disapearing to beach side resorts and other property, which is regretable seeming many creatures spend time in the mangrove swamp when they are young and growing. I enjoy the diversity of your subject matter reguarding the mangrove, root systems all the way to mangrove forrests. Your pictures bring me back to my childhood, when I spent time in the mangroves.

TheTeh
19th Jan 2007, 05:15 PM
Maria, thanks for the kind words! I am glad that these photos could evoke old memories! Unfortunately, these unique mangrove forest are gradually being replaced with concrete or sandy beaches...:)

TheTeh
27th Feb 2007, 09:36 PM
Sad news:
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/2/27/nation/20070227140441&sec=nation

MariaMakiling
28th Feb 2007, 06:57 AM
oh nice, you were in Sabah! I find that state very intersting! It is sad to see the mangroves go in Sabah for palm oil. That is the same state with the mini-elephants and rhinos also, eventho those are not mangrove dewllers. Borneo, especially has come under attack of many Palm oil plantations recently. It is especially sad that, i asume since your articles was about Sabah, your photos are of Sabah mangrove. Unfortunatly mangroves and wetlands of the world are greatly misunderstood and see as useless and cleared for land, mostly Industrial. There just doesn't seem to be a good balance between preservation and industrialization. It is not just Sabah going under the oil palm plantations, this is a growing "problem" especially in Boreno.

Too bad Malaysia/Indonesia has not learned from the Philippines when it comes to eliminating almost all mangroves and forrests-bad mudslides/errosion. Lets not forrect since mangroves are the nursury of fish, that elimination can really harm avalablity of fish and/or lead to dead zones. I should direct them to the "Why mangroves are impornant. Maybe they could take a lesson from Loisiana, look what happend when the costal wetlands/mangroves were removed/altered? A lot of the mangroves a grew up with are in an area now with algea bloom. They are redoing a bridge and a lot of dredgeing, which inturn messed up some of the ecology.

Well, heres hoping that when this is abandoned or whatever to go on replanting. Luckily, there are places that replant mangoves. We can also hope they can use some of the mangrove cover to their advantage, which I highly doubt, probably just plow over everthing and burn.

TheTeh
3rd Mar 2007, 01:00 AM
Actually the mangroves photos in my gallery was not taken in Sabah, it was taken in Perak (West Malaysia). I happen to come across the news article about clearing mangroves for palm oil trees in Sabah.