Coral Reef Resources of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles
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Coral reefs are a prominent feature of the East African coastline and associated islands. The Kenya-Tanzania coastline stretches from 1°30'S, at the Somali border to approximately 10°S at the Mozambique border. The Seychelle Islands extend from 5°S to 10°S and 45°E to 56°E (Fig. 1). The climate along the East African coast is dominated by seasonal monsoon winds (northeast monsoon from No-vember to February and southeast monsoon from March to October) and the equatorial currents dictated by the intertropical convergence zone. The narrow East African continental shelf supports fringing and patch reefs which lie 0.5 to 2 km offshore. General profiles of East African coasts are given in Table 1. Gaps in the reefs occur near river mouths notably Tana, Athi and Rufiji, where extensive mangrove stands occur. The islands in the Seychelles group are geologically divided into two groups: the inner granitic islands to the northeast, and the outer coral islands to the south and west. The souther.....
JournalNAGA The ICLARM Quarterly
Spatial CoverageEast Africa
CitationNAGA, The ICLARM Quarterly, 18 (4), p. 4-7
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