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Patch Coral Reef (Geoform Type)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 208

Geoform Origin Biogenic
Geoform Shallow/Mesophotic Coral Reef
Geoform Type Patch Coral Reef


Description
Definition Individual patch coral reefs are coral formations with circular or oblong shapes and vertical reliefs of one meter or more in relation to the surrounding seafloor. These reefs are isolated from other coral reef formations by bare sand, seagrass, rhodoliths, or other habitats—and have no organized structural axis relative to the contours of the insular shelf edge (Zitello et al. 2009).