Glossary of Terms

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The entire group of animals found in an area.

An artificially widened beach serving to nourish downdrift beaches by natural littoral currents or forces.

The entire group of plants found in an area.

The seaward side of a reef (usually coral); in places a steep slope covered with reef talus.

The front dune immediately behind the backshore.

The seaward sloping portion of the beach within the normal range of tides.

A coral reef attached directly to an insular or continental shore. There may be a shallow channel or lagoon between the reef and the adjacent mainland.