reef-front terrace

reef-front terrace

[′rēf ¦frənt ‚ter·əs]
(geology)
A shelflike or benchlike eroded surface, sometimes veneered with organic growth, sloping seaward to a depth of 8-15 fathoms (15-27 meters).
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