The Reef in Brief
Reefs in Space
Three Reefs = Threefs?
There are three major types of coral reefs: fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls. Before we discuss more about coral types, watch this biologist explain some coral specifics!
Coral reefs can be found in 109 countries in the world!
The video discusses some similarities between ALL coral reefs, like how they grow, eat, and live underwater!
The most popular of the three, fringing reefs grow directly from the shore, let's just say these corals like to stick to land! Due to their vulnerability to the air, fringing reefs are the most susceptible to pollution.
Separated by a lagoon, barrier reefs are the least common of the three, and the largest. You might have heard of one, it's called THE GREAT BARRIER REEF in Australia!
Coral reefs are some of the simplest creatures in the world, they can however, grow SO large they can be seen from outer space! A worthy sight seeing adventure for astronauts, no doubt!
The last of the reef types, a tolls are ring shaped. Just like a ring surrounds the skin around your finger, atoll reefs surround a body of water. These reefs form from volcanoes that erupt underwater. Wouldn't want to be around to see that happen!
Acronym- A set of initials that represent a name/organization/ or idea, and a great tool for memorization!
3 is the magic number when it comes to reef types. You can use B-A-F as an acronym to remember!
- Barrier reefs are the least common types of reefs in the world, but not hard to remember; just think of the largest and most famous, Great Barrier Reef.
- Atoll reefs form when volcanoes erupt underwater!
- Fringing reefs. Last but not least are the most popular of the three types, and the most susceptible to pollution.