Geomorphology of coral reefs with special reference to the Great Barrier Reef

Hopley, D. (2008) Geomorphology of coral reefs with special reference to the Great Barrier Reef. In: Hutchings, Pat, Kingsford, Mike, and Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, (eds.) The Great Barrier Reef: biology, environment and management. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, Australia, pp. 5-16.

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[Extract] Coral reefs are found in shallow waters throughout the tropics. Although corals contribute the largest amount to reef-building (up to 10 kg CaC0₃ m² yr⁻¹) many other organisms that secrete limestone-like forms of calcium carbonate such as coralline algae, molluscs, bryozoans, and the green alga Halimeda also play a part. Simultaneously, other plants and anminals such as chitons, clionid sponges, clams and parrotfish will be destroying the reef through bioerosion at rates that can equal those of production, The reef structure is thus the net result of construction and removal, so that not everywhere that corals grow do significant reefal structures develop.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
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ISBN: 978-0-643-09557-1
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2010 23:32
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040601 Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 100%
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