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Spatial variation in mechanical properties of coral reef substrate and implications for coral colony integrity

Madin, Joshua; Dell, A.I.; Madin, E.M.P.; Nash, Merinda


The physical structure of coral reefs plays a critical role as a barrier to storm waves and tsunamis and as a habitat for living reef-building and reef-associated organisms. However, the mechanical properties of reef substrate (i. e. the non-living benthos) are largely unknown, despite the fact that substrate properties may ultimately determine where organisms can persist. We used a geo-mechanical technique to measure substrate material density and strength over a reef hydrodynamic gradient....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Coral Reefs
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-012-0958-0


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