What's a reef?? Wells ref

Alina M. Szmant szmanta at uncwil.edu
Thu Jan 17 12:49:28 EST 2002

For those limited to web searches of the literature as their source of
information:  the source of Mike's definition is:

Wells, J.  1957.  Coral reefs.  Mem. Geol. Soc. Am., 67: 609-631.

It's still a great paper to read to start learning about coral reefs.

Alina Szmant

At 08:37 PM 01/16/2002 -0500, Mike Risk wrote:

> I
> The definition I quoted is from a GSA Volume titled "Ecology"-I recommend
> it, even though it was published prior to 1995. (I think it's Memoir #54.)
> In that same volume is a paper by Teichert, describing the cold and
> deep-water coral banks off Europe, and pointing out that these should not
> be
> called "reefs". See above. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure
> out
> that an uncemented pile of corals is no more wave-resistant than a pile of
> oyster shells. So this wheel was invented a long time ago.
Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Coral Reef Research Group
Professor of Biology
Center for Marine Science
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
5600  Marvin K. Moss Lane
Wilmington  NC  28409-5928
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email:  szmanta at uncwil.edu

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