Exploring the Atolls of Belize - But What is An Atoll?

Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Belize is home to three of the four atolls in the Western Hemisphere. The fourth atoll is located near Banco Chinchorro in Mexico. The three atolls located off the coast of Belize are Glover’s Reef Atoll, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll. 

What is an Atoll?
An atoll is a ring-shaped island formed of coral that surrounds a lagoon. As reef building corals thrive only in warm waters, atolls are only found in the tropics and subtropics. 


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