This page hosts a gallery of diagrams and photographs from the buildups in the Great Barrier Reef Australia at Heron Reef. Unless otherwise noted, the photographs and diagrams are from Tracy Frank. Photographs of modern reef surfaces were taken between 2000 and 2004, mainly during low spring tides when the reef top was accessible by foot. The gallery also includes aerial photographs from a range of sources that include the Australian Beach Protection Authority, NASA, and the Allied Forces. Where diagrams and photographs have been copied from others, it is intended that these be ascribed to their authors.
This gallery of images provides an opportunity to compare two disparate settings of reef development in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Province. Heron Reef (23°26’ S, 151°54’ E) lies in clear blue waters of the mid to outer shelf in the southern part of the GBR and possesses a well-developed reef flat and lagoon. Heron Reef receives little to no terrigenous input.
FAIRBRIDGE, R.W. and TEICHERT, C., 1947. The rampart system at Low Isles 1928–1945. Reports
of the Great Barrier Reef Committee, 6, 1–16.
FAIRBRIDGE, R.W. and TEICHERT, C., 1948. The Low Isles of the Great Barrier Reef; a new
analysis. Geographical Journal, 111, 67–88.
Frank, T.D., and Jell, 22, 474-486. , J.S., 2006. Recent Developments on a Nearshore, Terrigenous-Influenced Reef: Low Isles Reef, Australia. Journal
of Coastal Research
MOORHOUSE, F.W., 1933. The cyclone of 1934 and its effects on Low Isles, with special observations on Porites.
Reports of the Great Barrier Reef Committee, 4, 37–44.
MOORHOUSE, F.W., 1936. The recently formed natural breastwork on Low Isles. Reports
of the Great Barrier Reef Committee, 4, 35– 36.
STEPHENSON, T.A.; ENDEAN, R., and BENNETT, I., 1958. An ecological survey of the marine fauna of Low Isles, Queensland. Australian
Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 11, 241–267.
STODDART, D.R.; MCLEAN, R.F.; SCOFFIN, T.P., and GIBBS, P.E., 1978. Forty-five years of change on low wooded islands, Great Barrier Reef. Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society of London, B 284, 63–80.
YONGE, C.M., 1930. A Year on the Great Barrier Reef: the Story of Corals and the Greatest of their Creations. London, UK; New York: Putnam.