back reef

back reef

[′bak ‚rēf]
(geography)
The area between a reef and the land.
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Near-surface enrichment of zooplankton over a shallow back reef: implication for coral reef food webs.
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. Sandy Morales & Murillo 1996; bottom, coral rubble.
High-resolution physical and biogeochemical variability from a shallow back reef on Ofu.
This station was in <4 m depth on the midlittoral back reef. It was a high energy, current swept consolidated reef platform with many depressions leading to a labyrinth of underplatform tunnels.
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.
For example, replicate collections even within the same reef and habitat were sometimes dominated by alternative alleles at one or more loci: for example [Pgm.sup.1.00] and [Pgm.sup.0.87] within the back reef sites of Centipede Reef and [Gdh.sub.1.00] and [Gdh.sup.0.83] within the Bowden Reef Lagoon.
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 reef flats and back reef areas provide the necessary habitat for the north coast seagrass beds, which remain in shallow waters (0-6m).
Effects of intermittent flow and irradiance level on back reef Porites corals at elevated seawater temperatures.