fringing reef


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fring·ing reef

(frĭn′jĭng)
n.
A coral reef formed next to a shoreline.

fringing reef

n
(Physical Geography) a coral reef close to the shore to which it is attached, having a steep seaward edge
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"The region is home to two World Heritage-listed areas, the dolphins at Monkey Mia, the ancient stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, one of the world's only beaches made entirely of shells and, of course, the biggest fringing reef on the planet at Ningaloo, where visitors can swim with whale sharks, humpbacks, turtles and manta rays."
First, the snorkeling duo explore a fringing reef, often found in shallow clear water along shorelines of continents and islands.
Moreover, 80 % of the total specimens from the Caribbean coast deposited in these two herbaria were collected in the Costa Rica's largest fringing reef at Cahuita National Park, where most prior studies have been carried out.
Numerous patches of reefs and extensive fringing reef are located along about two-thirds of Kenya's coastline.
Watamu reef lies adjacent to the 360 [km.sup.2] Mida mangrove creek while Mombasa is a lagoonal fringing reef that experiences occasional water exchange with two creeks (Tudor and Mtwapa) on either side of the reef.
But damage caused by successive cyclones is obvious; calcified coral skeletons litter the seabed and remains of much larger corals are signs of a once healthy fringing reef. Over time, they will grow back, but it could take up to a decade.
Summary: Around 95 km south of Colombo is a small beach that has a diverting fringing reef in the shallow waters.
Now in place, the sea wall, which mimics a natural fringing reef, allows waves to break offshore to protect the beachfront from erosion.
Mimicing a natural fringing reef, the sea wall will also allow waves to break offshore to protect the beachfront from erosion.
In addition, the sea wall, which mimics a natural fringing reef, allows waves to break offshore to protect the beachfront from erosion.