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barrier reef

n.
A long, narrow ridge of coral or rock parallel to and relatively near a coastline, separated from the coastline by a lagoon.

barrier reef

n
(Physical Geography) a long narrow coral reef near and lying parallel to the shore, separated from it by deep water. See Great Barrier Reef

bar′rier reef`


n.
a reef of coral running roughly parallel to the shore and separated from it by a wide, deep lagoon.
[1795–1805]

barrier reef

A long, narrow ridge of coral deposits parallel to the mainland and separated from it by a deep lagoon.
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Noun1.barrier reef - a long coral reef near and parallel to the shorebarrier reef - a long coral reef near and parallel to the shore
coral reef - a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone
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Keeling Island -- Singular appearance -- Scanty Flora -- Transport of Seeds -- Birds and Insects -- Ebbing and flowing Springs -- Fields of dead Coral -- Stones transported in the roots of Trees -- Great Crab -- Stinging Corals -- Coral eating Fish -- Coral Formations -- Lagoon Islands, or Atolls -- Depth at which reef-building Corals can live -- Vast Areas interspersed with low Coral Islands -- Subsidence of their foundations -- Barrier Reefs -- Fringing Reefs -- Conversion of Fringing Reefs into Barrier Reefs, and into Atolls -- Evidence of changes in Level -- Breaches in Barrier Reefs -- Maldiva Atolls, their peculiar structure -- Dead and submerged Reefs -- Areas of subsidence and elevation -- Distribution of Volcanoes -- Subsidence slow, and vast in amount
Boosting the Great Barrier Reefs resilience so it can withstand the increasing pressures from climate change and other threats is more critical than ever, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said.
Australias leading research organisations will unite to design ways to build resilience and repair the global icon, the Great Barrier Reef, following todays Federal Government announcement of $60 million for measures aimed at protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Depending on their size, barrier reefs and atolls can take from 100,000 to 30 million years to fully form.
Mongin's team used carbon, salinity and temperature data and simulations to estimate aragonite levels across the Great Barrier Reefs 3,581 individual reefs.
Barrier reefs are separated from land by wide deep lagoons.
Darwin recognised three main types of reef -- fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls -- and his classifications are still widely used today.
Protected by barrier reefs, the smooth Southwestern shore stretches for more than 10 unbroken miles, while the island's Eastern shore offers ideal beachcombing conditions with a more rugged edge facing the Atlantic waters.
The country's primary attractions are its rain forests, wildlife such as jaguars, one of the two best barrier reefs in the world and Mayan ruins that are more than 4,000 years old.
However, Bettinas work involves analysing the Great Barrier Reefs microbes which are driving the health and survival of the reef.
AIMS, CSIRO and Great Barrier Marine Park Authority have a long history of working together in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.