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Putting corallites on a pedestal: identifying corallite morphologies that optimize mass transfer across platelike corals
(Friday Harbor Laboratories, 2012-08)
Mass transfer in corals is dependent on sufficient flow over individual polyps, and thus is influenced by both gross coral morphology and local surface texture. This study uses plaster dissolution models and flow analysis to examine the effects of verrucose, pocked, and furrowed surface morphologies on potential mass transfer ...