(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1999)

Document title

The geomorphic evolution of slopes and sediment chutes on forereefs

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Frequentslope failures of the forereef dropoff occur in living coral reefs on the island of Bonaire in the southern Caribbean. Topographic profiles of 10 sites were taken perpendicular to shore, followed by an estimation of coral ages along the topographic profiles. Comparisons of coral age and adjacent slope angle indicated that the steeper slopes are older and that mass failure of the slope reduces the steepness of the forereef front and destroys the coral community along the disturbed slope. Slopes grow until reaching a critical steepness, after which underwater sliding of the over-steepened forereef front results


Article of periodic

published at : Geomorphology / ISSN 0169-555X

Editor : Elsevier, Amsterdam - PAYS-BAS (1987)

Millesime : 1999, vol. 27, no3-4 [pp. 257-278]

Bibliographic references : 26 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 21151

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