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Old 03-27-2012, 04:24 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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They have tides alright...and they are a bit oversized for lakes. They are often referred to as "North Coast"
and lighthouses, and waves/surf, and water covering the whole horizon, sandy beaches and rocky shores, even shipwrecks, every bit like an inland sea, minus the salt water. It's amazing how unrecognized the Great Lakes are, they're one of our countries greatest resources.

This could be mistaken for the coast of Maine, it's Minnesota


Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota (http://www.flickr.com/photos/digbytoast/823029370/ - broken link) by digbytoast (http://www.flickr.com/people/digbytoast/ - broken link), on Flickr

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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St Petersburg, FL

Jacksonville, FL


Norfolk, VA


Cleveland, OH
http://www.planetgateway.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/cleveland_ohio.jpg (broken link)

Buffalo, NY


Milwaukee, WI
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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You could almost include Chicago on this list. Its downtown fronts Lake Michicagn, which is water as far as the eye can see, and which you'd certainly think was an ocean if you didn't know it wasn't.

And if you're going outside of the U.S., you would have to include Vancouver.

Fail.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Baltimore is right on the bay.

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Old 03-27-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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According to Wikipedia, "A pelagic coast refers to a coast which fronts the open ocean, as opposed to a more sheltered coast in a gulf or bay. A shore, on the other hand, can refer to parts of the land which adjoin any large body of water, including oceans (sea shore) and lakes (lake shore)."

I assume that the OP is referring to a pelagic coast, as opposed to a city accessible as a port for ocean-going vessels, like Manaus, Brazil, a thousand miles from the sea.

Any cities that grew up around maritime activities would necessarily need to have a protected harbor, which would put them out of sight of the open ocean, which is inimical to the docking of ships. Any cities that are within view of the open sea would in almost all case have grown up around the recreational advantage of a seashore, since seashores are economically useless to any commerce other than recreation. Such as Atlantic City NJ or Santa Barbara CA or Palm Beach FL. And in such places, as they grew, the business district developed well back from the inhospitable and unforgiving ocean.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee ... If you can count "Coral Cables" as a major city, certainly you can count the lake ports of Erie, Lorain or Duluth. And even Toledo, although its downtown is upriver a bit.

Maybe not Erie. Downtown technically is on the bay.

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technically I think the Great Lakes should count. There's really more like fresh-water inland seas.
The Great Lakes are freshwater inland seas.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Not a major city, but Laguna Beach, CA.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee ... If you can count "Coral Cables" as a major city, certainly you can count the lake ports of Erie, Lorain or Duluth. And even Toledo, although its downtown is upriver a bit.

Maybe not Erie. Downtown technically is on the bay.


The Great Lakes are freshwater inland seas.
Hey, Coral Gables may not be a "major city" per se, but it has a population of 200,000+. But at the same time, it's not on the coast. Soooo. It's a good 4-5miles from the coast.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee ... If you can count "Coral Cables" as a major city, certainly you can count the lake ports of Erie, Lorain or Duluth. And even Toledo, although its downtown is upriver a bit.

Maybe not Erie. Downtown technically is on the bay.


The Great Lakes are freshwater inland seas.
No, ALL the great Lakes combined can fit into the Gulf of Mexico about 3 times.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The Hudson River is considered the coast?
Technically the Hudson river ceases to be a true river and becomes a tidal estuary, much like a fjord, long before it reaches NYC. New York City is comprised of islands (and a peninsula) in the Atlantic Ocean. I would say that NYC is definitively coastal having hundreds of miles of coastline on salt water filled with oceanic species.

Furthermore, parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and probably Staten Island qualify as Pelagic coasts.
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