Inland Seas


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Inland Seas

 

seas that protrude deeply into the land and are connected to the ocean or adjoining seas by one or several straits. They are greatly influenced by the land adjacent to them—in some seas the surface salt water is strongly diluted by the heavy influx of river water (for example, in the Baltic, Black, or Azov seas), and in others there is increased salinity as a result of the action of a dry climate and the weak influence of the continental flow combined with a high rate of evaporation (for example, in the Red or Mediterranean seas). Closed cyclic circulation of surface waters is characteristic of inland seas. For the specifications of hydrological regulations, inland seas are subdivided into the categories of mediterranean seas and semienclosed seas.


Inland Seas

 

seas that extend deep within the boundaries of one continent. They are a particular case of mediterranean seas. Examples of inland seas are the Baltic and White seas, the Sea of Azov, and Hudson Bay.

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America's inland seas called the Great Lakes have been plied by all manner of vessels, but none more iconic that the huge steam powered freighters.
This is to determine where the additional water can be safely channeled to form inland seas where deserts now dominate the landscape, or where there are deep depressions capable to storing water that will otherwise flood our coasts.
Here, since 1991, Saddam has utterly destroyed the inland seas and marshes that gave the Shia Marsh Arabs a very distinctive way of life, fishing their lakes, herding water buffalo and living in reed huts, a way of life that dated back 5000 years to the age of the Sumerians.
Within easy striking distance of Milan, Lakes Maggiore and Como are so big, they're more like inland seas.
And, as the governors and premier said, we expect it to introduce foreign travelers to a world like nothing they have ever seen: the 94,000-square-mile inland seas of North America -- a treasure we are only too glad to share.
These herds would have tramped north and south along the coasts of inland seas that then covered the central parts of North America and Asia.
A replica of the Vermilion Lighthouse, built in 1877, stands on the grounds of the Inland Seas Maritime Museum, which traces sailing, shipping and shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.
This lake system more resembles a series of inland seas than simple and connected freshwater lakes.

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