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The Corals of the Sea

Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 12:00AM

A coral reef is a colony of some of the oceans smallest animals, and is often times referred to as the “rainforest of the sea”. Even though they provide a home for 25% of the marine life living in the ocean, corals take up less than .1% of the ocean’s surface.

There are three main types of coral reef: Fringing, Barrier and Atoll reefs. Fringing reefs are always directly connected to shore, where as barrier reefs are separated from shore. An atoll reef is often shaped like a ring, and encloses a lagoon.  To learn more about the Fringing, barrier and atoll reefs, as well as other types of reefs, click through this week’s photo blog!

 

The Corals of the Sea
The Corals of the Sea
The Corals of the Sea
The Corals of the Sea
The Corals of the Sea

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