Chapter 7. Comparative Anatomy, Organism Distribution and Late Quaternary Evolution of Modern Reef Margins

  1. Noel P. James1 and
  2. Robert N. Ginsburg2

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303711.ch7

The Seaward Margin of Belize Barrier and Atoll Reefs: Morphology, Sedimentology, Organism Distribution and Late Quaternary History

The Seaward Margin of Belize Barrier and Atoll Reefs: Morphology, Sedimentology, Organism Distribution and Late Quaternary History

How to Cite

James, N. P. and Ginsburg, R. N. (1980) Comparative Anatomy, Organism Distribution and Late Quaternary Evolution of Modern Reef Margins, in The Seaward Margin of Belize Barrier and Atoll Reefs: Morphology, Sedimentology, Organism Distribution and Late Quaternary History, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303711.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, Newfoundland A1B 3X5, Canada

  2. 2

    Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Fisher Island Station, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 1980

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632005239

Online ISBN: 9781444303711

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Keywords:

  • modern reef margins and late quaternary evolution;
  • stepped topography;
  • modern reef margins;
  • reef wall ‘rim escarpment’ of Busby;
  • Land & Moore (1977) - three morphological zones in wall;
  • reef-building corals and algae distribution;
  • coral growth on deeper parts of reef margin in Atlantic;
  • depth limits of hermatypic corals;
  • wall and fore-reef limestones - age and environment of formation;
  • reef margin development

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Physiography

  • Distribution of Reef-Building Corals and Algae

  • Wall and Fore-Reef Limestones: Age and Environment of Formation

  • History of Reef Margin Development

  • Morphology of the Margin—A Model of Discontinuous Lateral Accretion