How to use fringing reef in a sentence
Thus a barrier reef may be formed by the seaward growth of a fringing reef upon the talus of its sea face.The Elements of Geology | William Harmon Norton
The structure of the rocky accumulation in the encircling reefs and in the atolls is essentially the same as in the fringing reef.Autobiography and Selected Essays | Thomas Henry Huxley
The origin and mode of formation of a fringing reef, such as that just described, are plain enough.Autobiography and Selected Essays | Thomas Henry Huxley
We had driven on to a small inner reef—a portion, probably, of what was once the fringing reef of the continent.Twice Lost | W.H.G. Kingston
In the first place, you perceive it forms a kind of fringe round the island, and is therefore called a "fringing reef."Coral and Coral Reefs | Thomas H. Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for fringing reef
a coral reef close to the shore to which it is attached, having a steep seaward edge
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Scientific definitions for 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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