Polychaete reef impacts

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Fri Sep 14 02:56:56 EST 2001

> Presently, we observe big bounds backward: the term reef is used in
> whatever context.

Perhaps we should adopt récif internationally instead for the coral 
buildings? It resonates of exotic warm tropical islands, at least to me, but no 
doubt in France seems just as prosaic as reef.   

I do not know if récif  has the same origin but reef in English comes from 
rib (human bone) and probably was in use as nicely characterising long  
rock strata projecting into the sea,  veins of gold ore, etc, long before coral 
reefs were discovered.    

Now I must go harvest a reef of mushrooms. It is dark here - the 
supermarket shelf variety must suffice. 

Thank you Helmut for a lighter note on which to end a bad week in the 


  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

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