[Coral-List] Only two coral reefs in the world that have formed on the western side of continents?
jmcmanus at rsmas.miami.edu
Tue Mar 6 18:49:49 EST 2007
There are also coral communities on islands off West Africa, though with few
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[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Joshua Feingold
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 8:07 AM
To: John P Carlin; coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Only two coral reefs in the world that have formed
on the western side of continents?
In general, the western side of continents (east ocean basins), have poor
coral development due to eastern boundary currents that pump cool water to
low latitudes. However, there are numerous poorly developed reefs along the
western side of Central America in Panama and Costa Rica. Central America
may not qualify as part of a continent, but there are also reefs on the
west coast of South America in Ecuador. Peter Glynn has published
extensively on coral communities and coral reefs in this region.
At 05:28 PM 2/26/2007 +0000, John P Carlin wrote:
>Just a quick question. I have just read several books which refer to the
>Ningaloo reef, Australia as one of the only two coral reefs which have
>formed on the western side of a continent. Could anyone tell me which is
>other, as none of the books say which the second is.
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