Where do atoll Reefs grow?
Atoll reefs usually only form where stony coral growth is quite rapid. They are far more common in pacific reefs than atlantic. However, an atoll is simply a coral reef that encloses a lagoon, and technically they could form anywhere where reefs form.
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Small clusters of islands, generally they have little elevation above sea-level.
A fringing reef forms a continuous underwater "wall" for some distance, where as a "barrier Reef" are shorter in distances, and have large gaps in them....and will be between …shore and the Barrier Reef.............. (MORE)