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Coral Reef Location
Coral Reef's location is spread all over the world's ocean, but they are mostly found in Temperate and Tropical waters. They are not found on the west coast of the Americas and Africa because of strong cold coastal currents that reduce water temperatures in these areas.
They are also restricted from off the coastline of South Asia from Pakistan to Bangladesh and the coast around North Eastern South America due to the release of vast qualities of fresh water from the Amazon and Ganges Rivers. Most types of Coral are found in the areas near the waters surface, all the way down to 19,700 ft. below the surface.

Coral reef Map, the red dots are where coral reefs are located

Coral Reef Layers

Coral Reefs have a number of layers from the top of the water down. The uppermost layer contains most polyps. When creating a new layer, the polyps, with their algae depart most of the lower layers. This leaves behind a fresh new layer for fish and animals to live in. The depth is amazing, though there is no distinct line of boundary between layers. The average temperature in each layer is 16-30 degrees Celsius, so coral can survive. There are five layers of the reef starts at the shore, the Inner Reef (reef flat), the Reef Crest, the Outer Reef (fore reef), and the under layer, Reef Limestone. The Inner Reef, or the reef flat, is the broadest area of the reef. It’s only found in the shallow water, and sometimes gets runoff that damages the natural environment. The Reef Slope, or the fore reef, is a slope that can sometimes drop off from the edge to the bottom of the ocean.


Pictures of Coral Reefs all Over the World

Coral Reef in outer reef area
Coral Reef close to Shore
Coral Reef at Carrie Bow

Coral Reef off Chebeh Island
Coral Reef Island

The Coral Reef Location Map above shows wherelse the reefs are found.

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