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BARBADOS - coral reefs
The Coral Reef is one of the most productive ecosystems found on our planet. Corals, as well as their associated flora and fauna play a vital and vibrant role in both the ecological and economic health of Barbados.
Coral reefs are the largest (and prettiest) structures
made by living organisms They can be classed according to their shape,
geology, position relative to land mass or composition of material. They
are generally grouped into three categories - fringing, barrier or atolls
GENERAL REEF TYPES
In Barbados we have 2 types of reef: (i) bank reefs, which
are about 1km from the coast line, running parallel with the coast and
(ii) fringing reefs laying directly off the coastline
Further out are patch reefs terminating in 30m, and then
bank-barrier reefs lay 700m -1300m from the coast line. These reefs run
north to south.
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