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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Why is geography known as the spatial science? What are some topics that illustrate the role of geography as the spatial science?

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The definition for an atoll and the way in which it is formed.

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An atoll is an island made up of a ring of coral reefs that have grown up on the top of a subsiding volcanic island and that also surround a central lagoon.

Coral reefs are underwater ecosystems that are composed of calcium carbonate. They are formed by the secretion of corals.

According to Darwin’s hypothesis, there are three different types of coral reefs. They are fringing reef, barrier reef, and atoll. They are classified based on the progressive coral reef development...

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