Off the Florida Coast

Longest Reef

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U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

The Florida Keys, a chain of islands approximately 220 miles long, curve south and west of mainland Florida.  Stretching along beside them, about 6 miles seaward, is a long barrier reef.  Coral reefs are actually of tiny animals called coral polyps.

http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/coralreefs/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Reef

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