Coral Reefs - carbonate – Forms a substrate for other organisms to grow – Obtain organic molecules from photosynthetic dinoflaggelates •

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1/31/11 Coral Reefs Reside in warm tropical waters of the neritic zone Currents and waves constantly replenish nutrient supplies Light penetrates to the ocean floor Reefs are formed by diverse group of cnidarians (anenomes) that secrete a hard shell of calcium
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course BIOL 303 taught by Professor Birchard during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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Coral Reefs - carbonate – Forms a substrate for other organisms to grow – Obtain organic molecules from photosynthetic dinoflaggelates •

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