A wave breaks over a degraded reef crest at Buck Island in St. Croix

An underwater photo shows lumpy corals in the foreground with a wave breaking over them in the background at the top.

Detailed Description

A wave breaking over a degraded reef crest at Buck Island National Monument in St. Croix. Wave-breaking in these habitats relies on reef framework built by the elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, which is now a threatened species throughout the western Atlantic. Without the structure these corals provide, the ability of reefs to protect coastal communities may be in jeopardy.

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Image Dimensions: 4000 x 3000

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Location Taken: US