sand flat

What is sand flat?

sand flat meaning sandy areas found in depressions and gullies in a coral reef, or between patch reefs, or in deeper areas below or beyond the reef. Seemingly near barren during the day, at night sand flats teem with biological activity; also a sandy tidal flat barren of vegetation. A tidal flat is an extensive, nearly horizontal, marshy or barren tract of land that is alternately covered and uncovered by the tide. It consists of unconsolidated sediment (mostly mud and sand)

Image of sand flat with patch reef
A patch reef surrounded by sand flats. (Photo: http://www.biosbcc.net)

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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