Bermuda's Southern Aeolianite Reef Tract

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Science  11 Aug 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3789, pp. 677-681
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3789.677


The outer reef on the explored southeast margin of the Bermuda platform is a submerged dune ridge thinly veneered with encrusting organisms. Aeolianites were deposited on what appears to be an older truncated surface, the reef-front terrace, now submerged to a depth of about 18 meters. Underwater examination reveals relict features of probable solutional origin that honeycomb the aeolinite and that have undergone only minor modification by erosion since the last eustatic rise of the sea. Submarine planation, even in this marginal area of reef growth, is a relatively slow process.