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an area of land, marked for studying its plants, animals, soil, natural processes, etc.

a virtual rectangular subdivision of a line or column of hieroglyphs within which a group of hieroglyphs is arranged.

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  • at each of eight sites (fig. s1: sites 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11), five 50-m transects were laid on the reef at 3-m depth and a photograph of a 0.5 m × 0.5 m quadrat taken every meter. photographs were analyzed using coral point count with excel extensions (49). benthic cover of each photograph was evaluated by randomly overlaying five crosses on each image and identifying the type of cover and taxa underneath each cross, with all corals identified to the genus level, for a total of 200 points evaluated per transect and 1000 points evaluated per site. porites corals were identified as massive species, branching species, or other. all transects were conducted in 2010, except for those from site 2, which were conducted in 2012. nih.gov