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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.
  • Effects of patch reef size and isolation on coral reef fish recruitment.

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