|Coral colonies as micro-environmental indicators|
Hubbard, J.A.E.B. (1974). Coral colonies as micro-environmental indicators. Ann. Soc. géol. Belg. (1968) 97(1): 143-152
In: Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1968). Vaillant-Carmanne: Liège. ISSN 0037-9395, more
Colonies; Coral; Pollution indicators; Marine
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Observations carried on living corals, in reefs as well as in aquarium experiments, made it possible to integrate their distribution patterns with their functional skeletal properties. Relationships between polyps activities and the skeletal morphology are first discussed: such features as septal micromorphology and divergence, calical form and corallite orientation are related to environmental physical factors and from there to distributional limitations. Somes conclusions drawn from the observation of living scleractinians are then tentatively used as a guideline for interpreting the significance of ancient coral-sediment distribution patterns.