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{{Definition|title=Lagoon|definition=A shallow body of water that does not receive significant freshwater inflow and that is separated from the open ocean by a barrier island or coral reef. <ref>Pinet P.R. 1998.Invitation to Oceanography. Jones and Barlett Publishers. p. 508</ref> This is in contrast with [[estuaries]] that receive significant freshwater inflow. <ref>Pinet P.R. 1992. Oceanography: An introduction to the Planet Oceanus. West Publishing Company. p. 571</ref>}}
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{{Definition|title=Lagoon|definition= Area of relatively shallow water situated in a coastal environment, separated from the open marine conditions by a natural barrier (a sand spit, a barrier island or a coral reef), but with an access to the sea. }}
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Lagoons do not receive a large freshwater inflow in contrast with [[estuaries]] <ref>Pinet P.R. 1998.Invitation to Oceanography. Jones and Barlett Publishers. p. 508</ref>. One may distinguish between microtidal and macrotidal lagoons. Examples of microtidal lagoons are Great South Bay and Pamlico Sound at the US Atlantic coast. Examples of macrotidal lagoons (also called '''tidal lagoons''') are the Wadden Sea at the Dutch-German-Danish North Sea coast and the Bassin d'Arcachon at the French Atlantic coast. Tidal lagoons are distinct from microtidal lagoons by the existence of deep [[Definitions of coastal terms#Tidal inlet|tidal inlets]] and large [[tidal flat]]s.  
  
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
The coastal lagoon systems: the case of the [[Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta]], Caribbean Coast, Colombia
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*The introductory overview article [[Morphology of estuaries]].
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*The coastal lagoon systems: the case of the [[Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta]], Caribbean Coast, Colombia
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Latest revision as of 16:59, 28 March 2021

Definition of Lagoon:
Area of relatively shallow water situated in a coastal environment, separated from the open marine conditions by a natural barrier (a sand spit, a barrier island or a coral reef), but with an access to the sea.
This is the common definition for Lagoon, other definitions can be discussed in the article

Lagoons do not receive a large freshwater inflow in contrast with estuaries [1]. One may distinguish between microtidal and macrotidal lagoons. Examples of microtidal lagoons are Great South Bay and Pamlico Sound at the US Atlantic coast. Examples of macrotidal lagoons (also called tidal lagoons) are the Wadden Sea at the Dutch-German-Danish North Sea coast and the Bassin d'Arcachon at the French Atlantic coast. Tidal lagoons are distinct from microtidal lagoons by the existence of deep tidal inlets and large tidal flats.


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References

  1. Pinet P.R. 1998.Invitation to Oceanography. Jones and Barlett Publishers. p. 508