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Harra Forests
28-APR-2008 Ali Majdfar

Harra Forests

Qeshm Island - Persian Gulf

The Harra forests is the common name for mangrove forests on the southern coast of Iran, particularly on and near the island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Dominated by the species Avicennia marina, known locally as the "hara" or "harra" tree, the forests represent an important ecological resource. The "Hara Protected Area" on Quesm and the nearly mainland is a biosphere reserve where commercial use is restricted to fishing (mainly shrimp), tourist boat trips, and limited mangrove cutting for animal feed.
The hara tree, Avicennia marina, grows to heights of three to eight meters and has bright green leaves and twigs. The tree is a salt-water plant that is often submerged at high tide. It usually blossoms and bears fruit from mid-July to August, with yellow flowers and a sweet almond-like fruit. The seeds fall into the water, where wave action takes them to more stationary parts of the sea. The hara seeds become fixed in the soil layers of the sea and grow.
The hara forest on Qeshm and the opposite mainland covers an area of approximately 20 km by 20 km, with many tidal channels. In 1972 the Hara Protected Area was established to preserve suitable conditions for the growth and maintenance of the forests.
The area is a major habitat for migratory birds in the cold season, and for reptiles, fish. Green (or hooked) turtles and venomous aquatic snakes are also indigenous to the forests. Bird life includes herons, flamingos, pelicans, and angler eagles.
( From Wikipedia )

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Yves Marquis08-Aug-2008 20:48
very intersting story
Ceya06-Aug-2008 19:23
Nice shot, interesting information, Ali! V
dineman04-Aug-2008 12:15
fantastic shot V
Valene03-Aug-2008 17:11
Beautiful shot! Thanks for the information on the area. Vote
Guest 03-Aug-2008 17:02
Very Nice Shot V
Marcia Colelli03-Aug-2008 14:30
Nice composition, nice information about the area V
laine8203-Aug-2008 03:14
It's a lovely haven for the birds...nicely captured, Ali.
Carol Breton02-Aug-2008 14:01
Wonderful image and information Ali! V
Paco López02-Aug-2008 05:38
Fantastic place and shot!! V!
María Cano01-Aug-2008 22:28
Ali, thanks for the explanation .. I know pretty more about harra trees .. Great picture !! -V-
Patricia Kay01-Aug-2008 18:44
Great shot Ali and thank you for the interesting documentation about the Harra tree.....V
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