Coral Reefs and Islands and Catastrophic Storms

  • D. R. Stoddart
Part of the Geographical Readings book series


Coral reefs and islands are distinctive coastal features of tropical seas which have attracted the attention of geomorphologists and biologists since the time of Darwin. The world distribution of these features is reasonably well known (Joubin, 1912; Wells, 1957; McGill, 1958), and the great increase in reef studies since 1945 has enabled us to identify major regional differences in reef characteristics in different parts of the world. Some of these characteristics are probably fossil, and related to either high or low stands of the sea in Pleistocene and Recent times. Others have been interpreted in terms of the normal processes of wind, waves and biological activity, often without specifying the time periods within which these normal processes have been thought to operate.


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