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Barrier Reefs Border Shorelines.

Unlike other types of coral reefs, barrier reefs do not grow out from the shoreline and are not directly connected to it. Instead, they are separated from land by an expanse of water and grow in a border-like pattern along the coastline. A lagoon of open, often deep water forms between the reef and the shore. The Great Barrier Reef, located along the coast of Australia, is the most famous example of a barrier-type coral reef.

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