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fringing reef

a coral reef close to and along the land.
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First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
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fringing reef

a coral reef close to the shore to which it is attached, having a steep seaward edge
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fringing reef
A coral reef formed close to the shoreline of an island or continent. Fringing reefs usually have a rough, tablelike surface that is exposed during low tide and a steep edge sloping toward the open water. Compare atoll, barrier reef.

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