Moats

Smithers, Scott (2011) Moats. In: Hopley, David, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs: structure, form and process. Encyclopedia of Earth Science . Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, p. 712.

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[Extract] Moats are areas of water held over intertidal reef surfaces above the open ocean level during lower tides. Moats form when ebb-tide drainage is impeded behind biologically constructed or sedimentary structures. The former includes reef crest algal rims and algal terracettes. Sedimentary structures include storm ridges or ramparts (commonly of coral shingle) and minor ridges of sand and gravel. Shallow moats may also pool in subtle reef flat depressions.

Item ID: 19086
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-90-481-2639-2
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 01:34
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040601 Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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