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Definition

Lagoon: is a body of shallow salt or brackish water separated from the ocean by a shallow or exposed sandbank or coral reef. 
A lagoon can be coastal lagoons formed by the build-up of sandbanks or reefs along shallow coastal waters. 
Lagoons that are fed by freshwater streams are also called estuaries.  The freshwater mixed with seawater makes the water of the lagoon brackish. Lagoons can occur naturally of be man-made.

Hawaiian Translation: Kai Kohola


Example

Bolinas Lagoon

The Balinas Lagoon in Marin County, California.  This northern California lagoon is an estuary that receives freshwater from Pine Gulch Creek.

hiton lagoon

The Hilton Lagoon near Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu is another example of a lagoon, this one is man-made.


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