back reef

back reef

[′bak ‚rēf]
(geography)
The area between a reef and the land.
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TABLE 1 Morphological description of the stations sampled at Cahuita National Park, Limon, Costa Rica Range of bottom Station depth (m) Characteristics Source 1 4-6 Back reef.
High-resolution physical and biogeochemical variability from a shallow back reef on Ofu.
A very important control point is represented by the KLF-1 well, along the southern end of Jorf, where several oil shows in back reef and lagoonal facies established the presence of hydrocarbons in the Permian sequence.
87] within the back reef sites of Centipede Reef and [Gdh.
For all reefs excluding Orpheus Island, the mean percentage of polymorphic loci and the numbers of alleles per locus were greatest within collections from the exposed reef slopes and back reef habitats and least within the sheltered reef lagoons.
Although Honduran reefs comprise more than 30% of the MBRS, fish use of shallow back reef habitat has never been studied.
These species are common in the back reef of Moorea, where massive Porites spp.
The lagoon, therefore, is characterized by strong wave-driven flow near the reef crest, and flow speeds that decline across the back reef and toward the shore (Hench et al, 2008; Lenihan et alf 2008).
The reef flats and back reef areas provide the necessary habitat for the north coast seagrass beds, which remain in shallow waters (0-6m).
testudinum and were growing in depths of 0-4m in back reef areas or behind other sheltering features such as islands.
Effects of intermittent flow and irradiance level on back reef Porites corals at elevated seawater temperatures.