Calcium Carbonate Production of the Mare Incognitum, the Upper Windward Reef Slope, at Enewetak Atoll

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Science  05 Aug 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4303, pp. 556-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4303.556-a


Corals and algal pavement produce calcium carbonate more slowly on the windward reef slope of Enewetak Atoll than on the reef flat despite the high standing crop of reef-building organisms on the slope. The capacity of reefs to remain at or near sea level is therefore not determined primarily by growth on the seaward slope.