Cays of the Belize Barrier Reef and Lagoon

Cays of the Belize Barrier Reef and Lagoon

  • Cays of the Belize Barrier Reef and Lagoon

by D.R. Stoddart, F.R. Fosberg, & D.L. Spellman

 

Abstract

 

25 islands of the Belize barrier reef are mapped in this paper,
together with 10 islands of the barrier reef lagoon. A further 4
barrier reef and 28 lagoon islands are described. For 22 islands
comparative maps are presented showing topographic change between
1960-61 and 1972. Lists of vascular plants recorded from each
island are given. Eleven types of island are recognised. Most of
the islands have undergone erosion during the period of the surveys,
notably during individual catastrophic hurricane events. The flora
of the cays comprises 164 species. Vegetation units are briefly
described, with special reference to the vegetation of dry mangrove
cays and mangrove ranges, and to plant succession following major
hurricane damage.

 

D.R. Stoddart, F. R. F., & D.L. Spellman (1982). “Cays of the Belize Barrier Reef and Lagoon.” Atoll Research Bulletin No. 256(The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C)

 

Retrieved from:

 

http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/atollresearchbulletin/issues/00256.pdf

 

 

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