Coral reef

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Definition of Coral reef:
A massive, wave-resistant structure, built largely by coral, and consisting of skeletal and chemically precipitated material. Skeletal formation depends on the activity of symbiotic algae and zooxanthellae.[1].
This is the common definition for Coral reef, other definitions can be discussed in the article


  1. Allaby M. (1998). Dictionary of Ecology (2nd Ed). Oxford University Press: Oxford, (England). 440pp.

See also

Coral reefs