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Below are selected pictures of reefs. More photographs of reefs are available in the country sections found on the left.

Except where noted, all images are the property of Rhett A. Butler, copyright 1994-2006. Contact me with questions regarding use, reproduction, or purchase of any of the pictures.




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Heron Island, Australia


Blue Anenome, Thailand

Anemone Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Anemone


Sea fans on coral reef Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Sea fans on coral reef


Sea fans on coral reef Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Sea fans on coral reef


Sea fans on coral reef Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Sea fans on coral reef


Sea fans on coral reef Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Sea fans on coral reef


Caribbean reef Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Caribbean reef


Damselfish Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Damselfish


Butterflyfish Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Butterflyfish


Blue Tang Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Blue Tang


Coral Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
Coral



Haeaii Kai Area


Sparkling waters near Tampolo marine reserve



Bay of Antongil coral reefs



Island on the Great Barrier Reef


Waves breaking on the Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef aerial


Great Barrier Reef coral


Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef island


Great Barrier Reef


Heron island on the Great Barrier Reef


Heron island


Heron Island, Australia


Heron Island, Australia


Heron Island, Australia


Cancun



Cancun



Cancun



Cancun



Blue Starfish, Thailand


koh rok reefs, Thailand


Cancun


Related places: Heron Island, Australia, Coral reefs near Cancun, Mexico, Yucatan, Mexico


More from Wikipedia.org:

A coral reef is a type of biotic reef developing in tropical waters. Although corals are major contributors to the overall framework and bulk material comprising a coral reef, the organisms most responsible for reef growth against the constant assault by ocean waves are calcareous algae, especially, although not entirely, species of red algae.

Water temperature of 2028 C (6882 F) is needed for growth of the coral reef. Coral reefs are found in all oceans of the world, generally between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, because reef-building corals live in these waters. Reef-building corals are found mainly in the photic zone (<50m), where the sunlight reaches the ground and offers the corals enough energy. The corals themselves do not photosynthesise, but they live in a symbiotic relationship with types of microscopic algae that photosynthesise for them. Because of this, coral reefs also grow much faster in clear water, which absorbs less light.








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