patch reef

an isolated coral growth forming a small platform in a lagoon, barrier reef, or atoll. Unabridged
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Rubble from weathering of patch reef may allow attachment sites for corals to
  expand the colony.
His ashes were scattered over a coral patch reef named in his honor and a
  memorial plaque was permanently placed at the site.
Four to five strings of patch reef also can be found within the deeper waters
  of the embayment.
Her thesis work focused on the effects of establishing marine reserves on
  inshore coral patch reef communities.
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