[Coral-List] couple more articles on the Amazon reefs in the press
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tomascik at novuscom.net
Tue Apr 26 14:44:41 EDT 2016
Anyone interested in modern delta-front coral reefs can get a quick
start with an excellent paper by:
Robert H.C. Madden ⁎, Moyra E.J. Wilson and Maeve O'Shea. 2013.
Modern fringing reef carbonates from equatorial SE Asia: An integrated
environmental, sediment and satellite characterisation study. Marine
Geology 344 (2013) 163185
I have attached a PDF if anyone is interested. Lot's of great
references in the paper as well.
Quoting Barbara Kojis <bkojis at hotmail.com>:
> They discovered a sponge and rodolith reef, not a reef made of
> scleractinian coral. Coral reef is an inappropriate term for these
> reefs. At least the ones described in the article. There may be
> actual coral reefs on the edge of the Amazon plume.
> Actual coral reefs, with extensive scleractinian coral cover, often
> occur under the plumes of much smaller rivers in Papua New Guinea
> and I imagine under the plumes of many other tropical rivers. The
> PNG reefs under the river plumes are not visible from the surface
> because of the thick river sediment plume. However, they flourish
> about a meter or two under the plume. Their depth distribution is
> restricted by the attenuation of light by the sediment, but these
> reefs have/had (I last looked at these reefs about 30 years ago)
> high coral diversity and high cover.
> Barbara Kojis, Ph.D.
> Prescott, AZ 86305
>> Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:29:59 -1100
>> From: douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
>> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>> Subject: [Coral-List] couple more articles on the Amazon reefs in the press
>> The Atlantic story gives a bit more background:
>> Scientists have discovered a 600 mile coral reef
>> Unique coral reef ecosystem discovered in the Amazon river
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