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Biogenic Deep Coral Reef (Geoform Type)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 197

Geoform Origin Biogenic
Geoform Deep/Cold-Water Coral Reef
Geoform Type Biogenic Deep Coral Reef

Definition Persistent structures, formed by deepwater corals, whose growth exceeds (bio) erosion. These reefs result in local topographic highs that alter hydrodynamic and sedimentary regimes. The actual reef structure remains, often with the growing reefs on their crest or side. The coral thickets and skeletal remains trap sediments, contributing to the accretion of the reef (Roberts et al. 2009).