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Chris T Perry C.T.Perry at
Tue Feb 26 05:27:22 EST 2002

Call for submission of manuscripts

Special Issue of Coral Reefs, on Marginal and Non Reef-Building Coral

Volume 23 of Coral Reefs will include a Special Issue entitled
"Marginal and Non Reef-Building Coral Environments." The aim of this
thematic issue is to highlight the varied character, processes, and
issues relevant to more marginal coral-dominated settings, including
high-latitude environments, high-turbidity sites, fluvially influenced
sites, upwelling-influenced areas, and high-salinity settings. Under
varied marginal conditions, reef framework is often either restricted
or, in extreme cases, entirely absent. These settings are of
significant interest from both biological and geological perspectives
because they emphasize the highly variable nature of reef and coral
community structure, may still harbour an important array of tropical
coral-related species, and are often locally important from
socio-economic perspectives. In addition, their marginal nature
(perhaps close to the environmental thresholds for coral survival) may
make them particularly susceptible to environmental disturbance and
climatic change. From the geological perspective, there are
interesting questions relating to the nature of marginal reef growth,
their accumulation potential, and the processes of carbonate cycling
(e.g., bioerosion, encrustation). Marginal sites may also have
potential as analogues for the highly diverse coral-dominated settings
that are preserved in the fossil record. Potential topics might
include (but are not limited to) geological evolution and
significance, sedimentary settings, species assemblages and ecological
significance, coral physiology, environmental disturbance, management,
and conservation.

The issue (approximately 100 pages) will be published as soon as 12
papers have been accepted; additional submissions will be considered
for publication in subsequent issues. Reviews and Reef Sites on an
appropriate theme are also welcome.

Papers should be submitted no later than 1st September 2002. Papers
should follow the guidelines for Coral Reefs and may be submitted to
the Guest Editors in pdf format (they will also be accepted by the
Guest Editors at the ISRS Meeting in Cambridge at which there is a
related thematic session running). To ensure a speedy publication,
manuscripts should be submitted as soon as possible.

Prospective authors should first contact the Guest Editors, Chris
Perry or Piers Larcombe.

Dr Chris Perry
Dept. of Environmental & Geographical Sciences,
Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building
Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD U.K.
Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 6210
Fax: +44 (0) 161 247 6318
E-mail: c.t.perry at

Dr Piers Larcombe
Marine Geophysical Laboratory,
James Cook University, Townsville,
4811 Australia.
Tel.  +61 7 47815056
Fax. +61 7 47814334
E-mail: piers.larcombe at
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