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  • n  a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
  • n  a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese
  • n  one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
  • v  lower and bring partially inboard
    reef the sailboat's mast
  • v  roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area
  • v  reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef

  • One-third of reef-building coral are threatened, scientists say, making corals the Earth's most endangered species.
  • Jason Rew, president and CEO of Great Burial Reef, holds a solid maple urn containing cremated remains, which he will place in a manmade reef underwater.
  • When the reef of his childhood began to die, an Israeli businessman figured out how to revive it.
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  • Kevin Rudd in AFP
    There is no greater natural asset for Australia than the Great Barrier Reef. I take any threat to the Great Barrier Reef fundamentally seriously,Rudd said. "From where I sit, it is outrageous that any vessel could find itself...... off...
  • Richard Tait in Times Online
    Richard Tait, chairman of the ESC, said: "The practices identified in Reef Television's programming routinely misled the BBC's audiences and are totally unacceptable."
  • Peter Garrett in Sydney Morning Herald
    Here we are, trying to find out information from scientific reports about the reef, and they're blocking us,Mr Garrett told Seven News.

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