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Inland/Enclosed Sea (Physiographic Setting)

Component: Physiographic Setting

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Physiographic Setting Inland/Enclosed Sea

Definition A large, water body almost completely surrounded by land. Salinities range from fresh through marine. The term inland is used to describe situations where the water body is connected to an adjacent large water body by a narrow strait, channel, canal, or river. Examples of this type of setting are the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The Great Lakes, due to their connectivity to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River also fall into this category.