Fringing-reef definitions

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A coral reef formed next to a shoreline.
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A coral reef growing outward from the shore with little or no water between it and the shore.
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A coral reef formed close to the shoreline of an island or continent. Fringing reefs usually have a rough, tablelike surface that is exposed during low tide and a steep edge sloping toward the open water.
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