Evolution of cold-water stress conditions in high-latitude reef systems: Florida Reef Tract and the Bahama Banks.
The temperature of subtropical bank and bay waters is subject to depression below 16oC accompanying the outbreak of unusually cold air. This superchilled water can have a residence time of days. The cooling process creates water masses that are out of density equilibrium with warmer ocean water. The absence of coral reefs opposite tidal passes in the Florida Keys is attributed to this process, which has probably limited development of the entire reef tract.-from Authors
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Caribbean Journal of Science
Roberts, H., Rouse, L., & Walker, N. (1983). Evolution of cold-water stress conditions in high-latitude reef systems: Florida Reef Tract and the Bahama Banks.. Caribbean Journal of Science, 19 (1-2), 55-60. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/geo_pubs/1732