Saturday, February 27, 2010

Coastal Configurations in diving.

DAHAR - meaning the 'back'. A straight line of reef ending in a sheer drop.

SHARM - meaning 'crack' or 'cut'. A V shaped opening of a reef table with the widest part pointing into the sea.

MARSA - meaning a 'resting place' a 'shelter'. Often a sandy bay gently sloping down to the sea. Usually an anchoring place for boats.

RAS - meaning a 'head' or a 'cape'.

BIR - meaning a 'well'. A BIR is a deep vertical pool leading out to sea. BIRS make exceptional diving places as there is no current and the clarity when viewing marine life is exceptional.

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