Darwin, Coral Reefs, and Global Geology

Rosen, Brian Roy
June 1982
BioScience;Jun1982, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p519
Academic Journal
Darwin's coral reef subsidence theory derived from his broader interests in vulcanicity and global geology. His reef observations were implicitly intended to demonstrate ocean floor subsidence. Although in retrospect his evidence for subsidence of atolls and barrier reefs and of ocean floors was insufficient, both ideas have survived the modern tests of boreholes and sea floor spreading. (Accepted for publication 16 March 1982)


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