reef flat

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reef flat

[′rēf ‚flat]
(geology)
A flat expanse of dead reef rock which is partly or entirely dry at low tide; shallow pools, potholes, gullies, and patches of coral debris and sand are features of the reef flat.
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The proposed dugong project has three main objectives; 1) to conduct behavioral observations of dugongs (Dugong dugon) and document their habitat use using drones and underwater time-lapse cameras on two neighboring reef flats that are known dugong hotpots: the protected Ngederrak Conservation Area and adjacent Lighthouse Reef in the UNESCO-listed Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Koror State (study sites map, Appendix 1); 2) to revive public awareness of the Palau dugong and promote public support for their conservation, particularly among younger generations; and 3) to support management and conservation of dugongs and seagrass habitats by documenting habitat use over time and identifying priority areas for conservation
Quantifying acceptable levels of visitor use on Red Sea reef flats.
The study found "Acanthaster densities within a network of small, no-take MPAs on reef flats in Fiji were ~263.
Relationships between cyanobacterial abundance and environmental factors on the reef flats of Guam.
These include Maribojoc-Loon Uplifted Reef Flats, Catigbian Karst Window, Sagbayan Spalling Hills and Sinkholes, Danao Gorge and Dagohoy Hill, and Inabanga Ground Rupture.
In our study area in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, CCA are particularly abundant in shallow (<about 5 m depth) coral reef zones such as reef flats, reef crests, and shallow fore reefs.
In September and October 2010, Kosrae Nautilus Resort has offered a special accommodation and tour package, which includes seven nights in an air-conditioned room with ocean views; a guided three-hour trek to the Menke Valley; a canoe tour through the Utwe-Walung Biosphere Reserve; unlimited use of kayaks to explore reef flats and mangrove channels; airport transfers and a Kosrae Nautilus t-shirt.
The reef flats and back reef areas provide the necessary habitat for the north coast seagrass beds, which remain in shallow waters (0-6m).
All three sites consist of shallow reef flats that lead seaward to a reef crest and then drop off to a reef slope.
Never touch or stand on coral, and if you are aboard a boat, never anchor on a reef or allow the boat bottom to scrape reef flats.
Extremely popular with locals and visitors, the walks are conducted either in the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District, which hugs the sandy shore behind the aquarium along the edge of famed Waikiki Beach, or in various tidepools and shallow reef flats around Oahu.
It is a platform reef [approximately equals] 11 x 5 km in size, with outer slopes 15-20 m deep surrounding an almost flat upper surface, much of which is occupied by intertidal reef flats and a lagoon ranging from 1 m to 8 m depth at low tide (Maxwell et al.