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shoal

1
1. a stretch of shallow water
2. a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water
3. Nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water

shoal

2
a large group of certain aquatic animals, esp fish

shoal

[′shōl]
(geology)
A submerged elevation that rises from the bed of a shallow body of water and consists of, or is covered by, unconsolidated material, and may be exposed at low water.
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ECOLOGY OF FISH ASSEMBLAGES OF BRACKISH POOLS ON A NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO BARRIER ISLAND.
Powerful Hurricane Earl bore down on the east coast of the US on Thursday on a path toward North Carolina's barrier islands, which is expected to lash with dangerous winds and pounding waves.
The eye of the storm was located about 740km south of the island of Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks, a narrow band of North Carolina barrier islands, at 0600 GMT on Thursday, the US National Hurricane Center said.
However, this research has demonstrated that barrier islands have relatively depauperate faunas when compared to adjacent mainland areas (McAlister & McAlister 1993; Hice & Schmidly 2002).
Galveston, Texas, on a low-lying barrier island, has flooded repeatedly, notably in the infamous 1900 hurricane that virtually wiped out the city.
They say the barrier islands off the Mississippi coast are like natural works in progress--always changing, always shifting with the winds and tides.
damage to the barrier islands and coastal areas of Alabama and
Alan Tennant became obsessed with the idea of following a peregrine falcon from the barrier islands off Texas to the Arctic.
Rock extends well above sea level at the northern reaches of Manhattan Island and the Bronx falls to depths of more than 800 feet at the barrier islands at the southern extremities of Brooklyn.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans because one million acres of coastal wetlands and barrier islands have vanished in Louisiana in the last century due to human interference.
Now some researchers are calling for restoration of wetlands and barrier islands to help protect New Orleans the next time a hurricane strikes.
Long known for their tranquility and scenic beauty, the popular barrier islands along North Carolina's coast provide a quiet haven for vacationers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day lives.