1. Carbonate sand beach.
2. Shallow water (1-5 feet), sand and muddy sand bottom, Thallasia and algae.
3. Transition from mud and sand bottom to limestone bottom (5-12 (set deep).
4. Deeper lagoon. limestone bottom, minor sand and mud solutioned vertical fractures with abundant marine life.
5. Back reef. abundant broken coral rubble. some living hard and soft corals.
6. Reef crest profusion of live corals and algae.
7. Shallow. immediate lore reef sometimes called a barren zone due to the lack of living coral. hard or soft, this is the zone where many ship wrecks are found.
8. Shallow (but deeper) fore reef, spur and groove and abundant hard and soft corals.
9. Break between the shallow and deep fore reef (about 130 feel) where the descent becomes fairly steep.
10. Drowned cave entrance. Arrows point to sand and mud washed into the cave down sink holes and fractures.
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This information courtesy of R. L. Wood, S. T. Reid, and A. M. Reid, and their
"The Field Guide to Ambergris Caye"