coral reef(redirected from Deltaic reef)
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An erosion-resistant marine ridge or mound consisting chiefly of compacted coral together with algal material and biochemically deposited magnesium and calcium carbonates.
(Physical Geography) a marine ridge or reef consisting of coral and other organic material consolidated into limestone
A mound or ridge of coral skeletons and calcium carbonate deposits. Coral reefs form in warm, shallow sea waters and provide food and shelter to a wide variety of fish and invertebrates. They also protect shores against erosion by causing large waves to break and lose some of their force before reaching land.
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|Noun||1.||coral reef - a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone|
atoll - an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon
barrier reef - a long coral reef near and parallel to the shore
reef - a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water