What is bank/shelf?

bank/shelf meaning deepwater area extending offshore from the seaward edge of the fore reef to the beginning of the escarpment where the insular shelf drops off to the deep, oceanic water. If no reef crest is present, it is the flattened platform between the fore reef and the deep ocean waters or between the intertidal zone and open ocean


reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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