barrier reef

noun

Definition of barrier reef

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

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Practice identifying species on snorkeling and scuba excursions along the world’s second largest barrier reef. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Our Belize tour includes rain forest hikes, Mayan ruins, kayaking in the rain forest and ocean, snorkeling on the barrier reef, and more. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Cycle a picturesque coastal route from Gloucester to Maine," 31 July 2019 Also, for the adventure seekers, the diving and snorkeling here is world class and home to the world’s second largest barrier reef. Patrice J. Williams, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Puerto Morelos, Mexico," 31 July 2019 On Assignment Projects PHOTOGRAPHY Capture the brilliant marine and tropical habitats of Belize’s intricate barrier reef on camera. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 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, latimes.com, "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

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1805, in the meaning defined above

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barrier reef

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barrier reef

: a long coral reef that is near a shore

barrier reef

noun

Kids Definition of barrier reef

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

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