Mangrove river. Aerial photograph of a river that is flowing through a mangrove forest covering each bank. Mangrove trees grow in shallow, muddy water along sheltered tropical and subtropical estuaries and coastlines. They have tangled masses of roots that help to bind mud particles together. By this binding process, mangrove trees help the formation of new land and also help prevent coastal erosion. Photographed on Ibo Island, Mozambique.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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