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Age Structure of the Fantome Island Fringing Reef

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Title: Age Structure of the Fantome Island Fringing Reef
Year of publication: 1985
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Type of document: Report
Series/Report no.: Technical memorandum TM-6
Technical memorandum series
Abstract: Radiocarbon age dating of three high recovery cores from the leeward fringing reef of Fantome Island (Palm Isles, Central Great Barrier Reef), indicate the reef began forming about 6,000 years BP,. The reef has formed by progradation of a hard bottom, reef top unit over soft reef slope deposits. Progradation has averaged lm/lO years over the past 5,000 years. Management of such fringing reefs will need to focus on preserving the soft reef slope deposits (to prevent erosion and undercutting) as well as maintaining a favourable environment for coral growth.
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