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Title: Pacific Atolls: A World Apart
Contributor(s): Nunn, Patrick  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-3055-9_36
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 040601 Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Abstract: Atolls are low islands made from biogenic detritus that are scattered across the low-latitude Pacific Ocean. Atolls mark places where reef-fringed volcanic islands were once emerging but then sank slowly allowing the reef to continue growing at the ocean surface, finally forming an atoll. Owing to their low elevation and mostly soft-sediment composition, atolls are among the most vulnerable island environments on Earth. Some may disappear during this century as a result of sea-level rise.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Geomorphological Landscapes of the World, p. 349-356
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 9789048130559
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Piotr Migon
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