Holocene reef building on eastern St. Croix, US Virgin Islands: Lang Bank revisited

  title={Holocene reef building on eastern St. Croix, US Virgin Islands: Lang Bank revisited},
  author={Dennis K. Hubbard and Indy S Gill and R. B. Burke},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
New core and seismic data suggest that widespread reef building started on Lang Bank by 8,900 CalBP and was dominated by Acropora palmata for the next three millennia. Accretion rates averaged 5.81 m ky−1, a rate that was sufficient for reefs to keep pace with rising sea level on the bank throughout their history. Seismic data show a deep platform interior that was flooded well in advance of reef building along the elevated rim. As a result, those reefs were buffered from sediment stress by… CONTINUE READING

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