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Free Content The Geomorphology and History of Hogsty Reef, a Bahamian Atoll

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Hogsty Reef (21°40′N, 73°50′W) is a small (9 × 5 km) Bahamian atoll, with a shallow (6 to 8 m) lagoon. Bathymetric evidence suggests that it has accumulated a thickness of at least 800 m of shallow-water sediment, and perhaps much more. It appears that the hermatypic organisms now growing on the reef flat have only recently been reintroduced, and that the rim forming the peripheral reef flat may be a Pleistocene aeolian dune. This atoll differs from other atolls in having (1) a non-volcanic foundation, and (2) a peripheral reef flat of a non-coralline origin.

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Publication date: 1967-09-01

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