Astronaut Photography of Coral Reefs
Chapter 14: Polynesia


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A barrier reef with broad reef flats has developed around Uturoa, Society Islands. Some of the channels through the barrier reef can be seen to correspond to inlets and river mouths of the adjacent island, a common occurence on some barrier reefs [STS068-258-45, 1994].
World Atlas of Coral ReefsThis is one of 84 astronaut photographs that appear in the World Atlas of Coral Reefs, published by the University of California Press.