Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Coral Reef Tourism Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_409

Coral reef landscapes have high tourism value. Coral reefs are calcareous structures that accumulate due to reef-building organisms, such as corals and calcareous algae. They are mainly located in tropical and subtropical regions with moderate salinity shallow waters, and large reefs form on the continental shelves and shallow waters as coral reefs and islands. They can be divided into three main types: fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls. These islands usually have lush tropical forests, and the scenery is so magnificent that they look like pearls in the ocean. Some have become famous international tourism sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and China’s Xisha and Nansha Islands.

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