Late Holocene initiation and growth of a nearshore turbid-zone coral reef: Paluma Shoals, central Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Smithers, S., and Larcombe, P. (2003) Late Holocene initiation and growth of a nearshore turbid-zone coral reef: Paluma Shoals, central Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs, 22. pp. 499-505.

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Abstract

It is now well known that corals and coral reefs can grow and survive in turbid water (e.g. Marshall and Orr 1931; Anthony 2000). However, with the exception of a few excellent studies (Hopley et al. 1983; Johnson and Risk 1987; Hopley 1994; Tudhope and Scoffin 1994; Kleypas 1996), descriptions of the internal structure and growth history of turbid-zone reefs are rare compared to those of clearer water systems. Here we outline the internal structure and Holocene growth history of the largest and most southern reef (hereafter referred to as South Shoal) at Paluma Shoals, a group of nearshore turbid-zone reefs in Halifax Bay, approximately 50 km northwest of Townsville (Fig. 1a).

Item ID: 8022
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: coral reef; Great Barrier Reef; inner shelf; sediment; turbid water
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ISSN: 1432-0975
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2010 23:57
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040310 Sedimentology @ 30%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040305 Marine Geoscience @ 30%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040606 Quaternary Environments @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960502 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments @ 100%
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