patch reef

patch reef

[′pach ‚rēf]
(geology)
A small, irregular organic reef with a flat top forming a part of a reef complex.
A small, thick, isolated lens of limestone or dolomite surrounded by rocks of different facies.
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The event also marked the creation of a new restoration area to honor the sacrifices of American servicemen and women set aside on a patch reef about a mile long east of Looe Key.
non-sponge reef surface area at Whale Shoals Patch Reef in Belize.
It doesn't matter that you went out to a little patch reef in San Blas and you counted only herbivores, for example, and I went out to a reef in Banco Chincorro and counted all fish species.
To learn more, Loya and a colleague travelled to a patch reef near Okinawa, Japan.
The crew then reported two near miss encounters with large vessels and said they had been pounding into rough seas until the Howard Patch Reef turning mark.
The seas were glass, the moon nearly full, and 30 feet below lay a patch reef in clear tropical water.
is most likely a shallow patch reef environment that has been previously described as a shelf break carbonate unit bordering the relatively deep Oligocene Suwanee Straight [15].
Within a few days, no-smoking signs will be posted at the entrances to Patch Reef and Sugar Sand parks in suburban Boca Raton and at the beach at Red Reef Park.
Although the scale of movements of these predators is unknown, certainly some are capable of moving from patch reef to patch reef throughout Tague Bay, possibly aggregating at patch reefs with a high abundance of new recruits (for a complete discussion of the effects of predation and competition in reef fishes see: Hixon 1991, Hixon and Beets 1993, Carr and Hixon 1995).
Stability and structure of a fish community on a coral patch reef in Hawaii.
Within five to twelve miles of this project are seven Cotton Valley lagoonal patch reef facies gas fields.
So it's always important to have some patch reef locations as a fall back plan.