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Coral Reefs

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 151–160 | Cite as

Nearshore fringing reefs in north Queensland

  • D. Hopley
  • A. M. Slocombe
  • F. Muir
  • C. Grant
Article

Summary

Increasing information on the internal structure of north Queensland fringing reefs shows that many have developed true reefal structures only since mid-Holocence times, over rapidly accumulated non-reefal sediments. The reefal veneer consists mainly of head corals and is generally less than 7 m in thickness. Early reef flat development may have been at a level slightly higher than modern sea level.

Keywords

Internal Structure Sedimentology Reef Flat Fringe Reef Reefal Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Hopley
    • 1
  • A. M. Slocombe
    • 1
  • F. Muir
    • 1
  • C. Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyJames Cook University of North QueenslandTownsvilleAustralia

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