Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)


The French Pacific Ocean archipelago of New Caledonia is one of the most extensive reef systems in the world and the world’s most diverse concentration of reef structures. It ranges from extensive double barrier systems, offshore reefs, and coral islands to nearshore reticulate reef formations. The lagoons feature an exceptional diversity of coral and fish, presenting a continuum of habitats from mangroves to seagrasses and tropical mountain forests. The reef complex provides a variety of different kinds of oceanography exposure, including both warm and cold currents. It is one of the most ancient and complex ecosystem types.


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  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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