The island of Mauritius, for example, is entirely surrounded by a fringing reef.
No canoes were seen here, and a heavy surf broke on the outer margin of a fringing reef.
We had driven on to a small inner reef—a portion, probably, of what was once the fringing reef of the continent.
Thus a barrier reef may be formed by the seaward growth of a fringing reef upon the talus of its sea face.
The structure of the rocky accumulation in the encircling reefs and in the atolls is essentially the same as in the fringing reef.
The origin and mode of formation of a fringing reef, such as that just described, are plain enough.
Now such a structure as this is what is termed a "fringing reef."
In the first place, you perceive it forms a kind of fringe round the island, and is therefore called a "fringing reef."
Another is a sort of half-way house, between the atoll and the fringing reef; it is what is called an "encircling reef."
At first the coral growth would form a fringing reef clinging to its shores.
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.