Section of Coral Island of an Atoll

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“represents a section of an island, from the ocean (o) to the lagoon (l). On the ocean side, from o to a, there is shallow water for some distance out; and where not too deep, the bottom is covered here and there with growing corals. Between a and b there is a platform of coral rock, mostly bare at low tide, but covered at high ... b to d is the wooded portion of the island. The whole width (is) from the beach (b) to the lagoon (c).” -Dana, 1880




James D. Dana Manual of Geology (New York, NY: Ivison, Blakeman & Company, 1880)


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