Aerial photographs show how a once lush coastline is left devastated by climate change as 10,000 hectares of mangroves die along a 700km stretch

Mail Online | 7/11/2016 | Ashleigh Davis For Daily Mail Australia;Australian Associated Press
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A mass mangrove die-off from Queensland west to the Northern Territory is staggering in scale and scientists fear it could kill dugongs, turtles and fish stocks.

Vast swathes of mangroves have died in Australia's north, and scientists have said climate change is likely responsible for the staggering scale of the event.

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Once healthy mangroves that lined the Gulf of Carpentaria's coastline are now dead, and the die-off happened over a single month, said James Cook University Professor Norm Duke.

He said the scale of the event is a world first and coincided with a mass coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef.

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About 7000 hectares have been affected along a 700km stretch of coast from Normanton in Queensland well into the Northern Territory.

Prof Duke says the fact it took just a month for the mangroves to die back suggests a link with climate change.

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Scientists first heard anecdotal evidence about the event earlier this year, and aerial and satellite surveys have since confirmed just how large it is.

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  • People who deny climate change need to take drastic actions.
    The truth fairly and honestly presented, will be spun as a lie by a politician.
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