Conceptual diagram illustrating Alligator Reef, which is limited in growth by the amount of exposed Pleistocene bedrock. The washing effect of water through the tidal pass has exposed peat and sandy sediments upon which coral reefs cannot become established.

Alligator Reef growth limitation

Conceptual diagram illustrating Alligator Reef, which is limited in growth by the amount of exposed Pleistocene bedrock. The washing effect of water through the tidal pass has exposed peat and sandy sediments upon which coral reefs cannot become established.

diagram reef Florida Keys exposed bedrock Pleistocene Holocene tidal flushing sand peat coral

Author(s)Kris Beckert
Author CompanyIntegration and Application Network
Date Created2012-01-01
AlbumProcesses > Physical
TypeGraphic
PublicationTropical Connections: South Florida's marine environment
Project(s)South Florida Ecosystem Synthesis
Dimensions1000 x 549
Filesize136 kB
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Required AttributionKris Beckert, Integration and Application Network (ian.umces.edu/media-library)