Hurricanes and coral reefs: The intermediate disturbance hypothesis revisited

@article{Rogers2004HurricanesAC,
  title={Hurricanes and coral reefs: The intermediate disturbance hypothesis revisited},
  author={Caroline S. Rogers},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={127-137}
}
  • C. Rogers
  • Published 1 November 1993
  • Environmental Science
  • Coral Reefs
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