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RoundTable. » Coral Reefs Capitalized on Rock Template
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  • 2010
  • Feb
  • 24

Coral Reefs Capitalized on Rock Template


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Wonderful overhead images of coral reefs in the Red Sea that have based their structure on existing landforms (now submerged) rather than ‘building their own house’, as is more typically the case. From the link:

He explained that, in most cases, reefs did not form on a template.

“They are their own template,” he said. “Corals simply settle on other corals and the reef forms in the ideal shape to suit the ecosystem.

“In the Red Sea it seems, for the most part, to be rather different.”

Dr Purkis explained that 15,000 years ago sea levels were much lower in the region and rocks that are now under water, were exposed.

Full story here.