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Coastal; Coasts; Coastline; List of coastal topics; Coastal feature; Oceanfront; Coastal waters; Coastal landforms; Coastal landform; Inshore; Coastland; Pelagic coast; Shoreline; Seacoast; Sea coast; Beachfront; Coastal formations; Coastal zone; Sea shore; Shore; Coastal region; Access to the sea; Coastal vegetation; Coastal seas; Coastlines; Sea-shore; Coastal town
  • [[Escorca]] coast, [[Serra de Tramuntana]] ([[Balearic Islands]])
  • Southeast coast of [[Greenland]]
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  • Britain]], be called a [[cove]]. That between the cuspate foreland and the tombolo is a British bay.
  • Dead zones]] occur when phosphorus and nitrogen from fertilizers cause excessive growth of microorganisms, which depletes oxygen and kills fauna.
  • This stretch of coast in Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam serves as a public waste dump.
  • West Coast Region]] of New Zealand
  • A settled coastline in [[Marblehead, Massachusetts]]. Once a fishing port, the harbor is now dedicated to tourism and pleasure boating. Observe that the sand and rocks have been darkened by oil slick up to the high-water line.
  • Atlantic rocky coastline, showing a surf area. [[Porto Covo]], west coast of Portugal
  • [[Somalia]] has the longest coastline in Africa.<ref>[ "The Indian Ocean Coast of Somalia"]. ''Marine Pollution Bulletin''. '''41''' (1-6): 141–159. December 2000. doi: 10.1016/S0025-326X(00)00107-7</ref>
  • Spring Lake]], [[New Jersey]], U.S.
  • The Coastal Hazard Wheel system published by UNEP for global coastal management

A shoreline is the edge of a sea, lake, or wide river.
¦ noun the line along which a large body of water meets the land.
Shoreline Fault         
Shoreline fault
Shoreline Fault is a 25 km long vertical strike-slip faultScienceDaily:Revised Seismotectonic Model for California Central Coast: More Complex Than Previously Thought discovered in 2008 that lies less than a mile from the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California. It is thought to be able to produce quakes up to 6.



The coast, also known as the coastline or seashore, is defined as the area where land meets the ocean, or as a line that forms the boundary between the land and the coastline. Shores are influenced by the topography of the surrounding landscape, as well as by water induced erosion, such as waves. The geological composition of rock and soil dictates the type of shore which is created. The Earth has around 620,000 kilometres (390,000 mi) of coastline. Coasts are important zones in natural ecosystems, often home to a wide range of biodiversity. On land, they harbor important ecosystems such as freshwater or estuarine wetlands, which are important for bird populations and other terrestrial animals. In wave-protected areas they harbor saltmarshes, mangroves or seagrasses, all of which can provide nursery habitat for finfish, shellfish, and other aquatic species. Rocky shores are usually found along exposed coasts and provide habitat for a wide range of sessile animals (e.g. mussels, starfish, barnacles) and various kinds of seaweeds. In physical oceanography, a shore is the wider fringe that is geologically modified by the action of the body of water past and present, while the beach is at the edge of the shore, representing the intertidal zone where there is one. Along tropical coasts with clear, nutrient-poor water, coral reefs can often be found between depths of 1–50 meters (3.3–164.0 feet).

According to a United Nations atlas, 44% of all people live within 150 km (93 mi) of the sea. Because of their importance in society and high concentration of population, the coast is important for major parts of the global food and economic system, and they provide many ecosystem services to humankind. For example, important human activities happen in port cities. Coastal fisheries (commercial, recreational, and subsistence) and aquaculture are major economic activities and create jobs, livelihoods, and protein for the majority of coastal human populations. Other coastal spaces like beaches and seaside resorts generate large revenues through tourism. Marine coastal ecosystems can also provide protection against sea level rise and tsunamis. In many countries, mangroves are the primary source of wood for fuel (e.g. charcoal) and building material. Coastal ecosystems like mangroves and seagrasses have a much higher capacity for carbon sequestration than many terrestrial ecosystems, and as such can play a critical role in the near-future to help mitigate climate change effects by uptake of atmospheric anthropogenic carbon dioxide.

However, the economic importance of coasts makes many of these communities vulnerable to climate change, which causes increases in extreme weather and sea level rise, and related issues such as coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion and coastal flooding. Other coastal issues, such as marine pollution, marine debris, coastal development, and marine ecosystem destruction, further complicate the human uses of the coast and threaten coastal ecosystems. The interactive effects of climate change, habitat destruction, overfishing and water pollution (especially eutrophication) have led to the demise of coastal ecosystem around the globe. This has resulted in population collapse of fisheries stocks, loss of biodiversity, increased invasion of alien species, and loss of healthy habitats. International attention to these issues has been captured in Sustainable Development Goal 14 "Life Below Water" which sets goals for international policy focused on preserving marine coastal ecosystems and supporting more sustainable economic practices for coastal communities. Likewise, the United Nations has declared 2021-2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, but restoration of coastal ecosystems has received insufficient attention.

Because coasts are constantly changing, a coastline's exact perimeter cannot be determined; this measurement challenge is called the coastline paradox. The term coastal zone is used to refer to a region where interactions of sea and land processes occur. Both the terms coast and coastal are often used to describe a geographic location or region located on a coastline (e.g., New Zealand's West Coast, or the East, West, and Gulf Coast of the United States.) Coasts with a narrow continental shelf that are close to the open ocean are called pelagic coast, while other coasts are more sheltered coast in a gulf or bay. A shore, on the other hand, may refer to parts of land adjoining any large body of water, including oceans (sea shore) and lakes (lake shore).

Pronunciation examples for shoreline
1. along our shoreline.
California Coast Sea Forager's Guide _ Kirk Lombard _ Talks at Google
2. 80 miles of shoreline,
Point Reyes National Seashore
3. The audience at Shoreline Amphitheater
Fake Nudes _ Barenaked Ladies _ Talks at Google
4. with the oyster rafts on the shorelines --
5. from the shoreline to the abyss,
Examples of use of shoreline
1. Shoreline Cruises, which is not affiliated with Shoreline Tours, has said the Ethan Allen was in compliance with all state guidelines regarding passenger limits.
2. A grand jury charged both Shoreline Cruises and Capt.
3. Near–blizzard conditions could develop near the Lake Michigan shoreline.
4. James Quirk, Shoreline Cruises‘ owner, declined to comment.
5. Israel has imposed a blockade on Lebanon‘s shoreline.