barrier reef


Definition of barrier reef

: a coral reef roughly parallel to a shore and separated from it usually by a lagoon

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Reef-forming corals prefer shallow water so, as the world’s sea levels have yo-yoed during the Ice Ages, the barrier reef has come and gone. The Economist, "Australia’s coral barrier reef keeps dying and coming back," 31 May 2018 Sneak off with Mom to a private island and snorkel along the Belize Barrier Reef, the world's second-largest barrier reef. Mary Forgione,, "Mother's Day gifts that are all about travel and adventure," 11 May 2018 For the Ocean Explorer: Cozumel Divers will find plenty to be happy about off the coast of Cozumel, home to the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Kristin Braswell, Sunset, "10 Best Trips to Mexico for Your Travel Personality," 22 Jan. 2018 The barrier reef’s ability to resurrect itself is encouraging. The Economist, "Australia’s coral barrier reef keeps dying and coming back," 31 May 2018 The Great Florida Reef is about four miles wide and arcs from Key Largo around to (and 20 miles past) Key West, making it the third largest barrier reef system in the world behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef. Bob Rountree And Bonnie Gross,, "Explore Florida's Monroe County: Florida Keys offers miles of snorkeling grandeur," 6 May 2018 The most popular tourist spot is the island of Ambergris Caye, which is about a half-mile from the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Kevin Brass, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Belize," 11 Apr. 2018 The discovery off Looe Key, south of Big Pine in part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, puts in jeopardy the southern end of the world's third-largest barrier reef — a scuba-diving destination renowned for its biological diversity. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Mystery disease spreads, threatens coral reefs in the Lower Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 Seawater cold enough to cool the entire Brando complex comes from the ocean beyond the barrier reef. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Brando Is the Ultimate Luxury Resort—But What It Really Wants to Do Is Save the Planet," 20 Sep. 2017

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English Language Learners Definition of barrier reef

: a long coral reef that is near a shore

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Kids Definition of barrier reef

: a coral reef parallel to the shore and separated from it by a lagoon

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