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El Niño and Coral Reef Development in the Galápagos Islands

A Study of the Urvina Bay Uplift
  • Mitchell W. Colgan
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 8)

Abstract

Among the unusual sights in the Galápagos Islands is Urvina Bay where trees spring from coral heads and iguanas roam among corals. In 1954, the upward movement of magma suddenly raised a portion of Urvina Bay more than 6 m above sea level and drove the shoreline 1.2 km seaward. The uplifted coral communities at Urvina Bay provide an opportunity to determine how Galápagos reefs develop.

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Coral Reef Coral Community Coral Growth Massive Coral Reef Growth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell W. Colgan
    • 1
  1. 1.Earth Sciences Board of StudiesUniversity of California—Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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