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Unformatted text preview: deposited in ocean Wave actions erodes the deposits creating low cliffs. Forms cliffs and narrow beaches Coral reef: rock-like accumulation of carbonates secreted by corals and algae in shallow water along a marine shoreline New land is made by organisms Warm tropical and equatorial waters Coral needs warm, clean water, good aeration Reefs exposed at low tide, covered at high tide Coral bleaching: warm water temperatures force corals to expel the algae that live inside the coral structure Algae necessary for coral survival Corals can recover from temporary heat stress and bleaching Permanent increase in water temperature can cause coral death Global warming threatens coral reef survival Increased CO2 in ocean impedes growth of coral structure Barrier reefs : separated from mainland by a lagoon Barrier reefs develop as the islands erode and subsides....
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This note was uploaded on 06/11/2011 for the course GEOGRAPHY 600-201010 taught by Professor Christopherpost during the Spring '10 term at Kent State.
- Spring '10