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The 5 Different Types of Coral Reefs (with Examples)

Coral reefs are the most diverse marine ecosystems and some of the most complex of all ecosystems on the planet. These large underwater structures are formed by the skeletons of marine invertebrates known as corals. Scientists estimate that as much as one million species of fish, invertebrates, and algae live or grow in and around the world’s reefs. This is truly remarkable, considering that coral reefs cover less than one percent of the ocean’s floor.

According to research, there are three main types of coral reefs – fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls. Patch reefs and bank reefs are also important natural systems. We’ll discuss the characteristics of each of the different types of coral reefs and share some of the most awe-inspiring places where you can observe these stunning ecosystems.

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The Different Types of Diving Explained

There are dozens of specialty diving certifications you can obtain depending on your level of experience and expectations. Whether you’re looking to move on to more advanced types of diving or you’re just curious to see what other options there are, we’ve got you covered. 

Diving can be divided into two large categories: scuba diving and freediving. While freediving is done at breath-hold, scuba diving requires a breathing apparatus. There are many different types of scuba diving, each defined as either recreational or professional. Let’s go over each of the common types of diving and their main characteristics.

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10 Best Dive Sites in the World for Breathtaking Views

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, most of it found in oceans. There are thousands and thousands of spectacular diving locations throughout the Globe. It would take a few lifetimes to explore them all, so we’re always looking for ways to discover those that are most worthy of our attention.

Picking the best scuba diving in the world was no easy task but at the end of the day, after debating over the most memorable of all experiences, we’ve settled on these ten spots. From some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world to eerie underwater caverns, here are our favorite diving locations for blowing bubbles.

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