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 Reef Program uses the "patch reef" method of reef construction, where clean materials are placed in discreet parts of the reef site, leaving natural bottom habitat in between them for marine life to use.
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].
Stability and structure of a fish community on a coral patch reef in Hawaii.
Genetic structure of two species of Montipora on a patch reef: conflicting results from electrophoresis and histocompatibility.
"You sit on the edge of the rocks (patch reef) because the predators are going to go back out into the desert and they're going to come back into the city (reef) and attack," said Capt.