legal definition of a reef

John Dawson jdwsn at
Tue Jan 15 11:41:15 EST 2002


I guess I will add my two cents to this discussion.  There are many
terms that we use when discussing corals such as: zooxanthellate,
azooxanthellate, hermatypic, ahermatypic, reef, nonreef, deep water, etc..

How do we get our politicians to understand the different biologic ways we
group corals?  How can we get the average person to use all these terms
correctly?  So often do I hear geologists say hermatypic and when they
actually mean zooxanthellate.  These terms are not equivalent, but still I
people using them as though they were.

Anyway, that's my little diatribe.


John P. Dawson
Ph.D. Candidate - Department of Geoscience
121 Trowbridge Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
E-mail: jdwsn at; Phone: (319)-335-1818; Fax:

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