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Old 10-27-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I agree that they should be called seas.

"lake" my ass:

Heavy Seas on Lake Superior - YouTube
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:10 PM
 
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i read a book about Chicago by an Italian author who argued that in Europe something the size of Lake Michigan would be called a "sea," freshwater or salt didn't seem to matter. Whether that would raise their profile is another thing--people tend to see the Atlantic and Pacific cities as more glamorous.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Do you think if the Great Lakes instead of being called Lakes were called Seas, people would view them differently?
No.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Lake Tahoe > Salton Sea. Hope this helps.
It doesn't. Try for one complete sentence, which would be a start.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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If we called them seas they wouldn't be "The Great Seas"--they'd be "The Little Seas" or "The Inland Seas" something along those lines. They're great for lakes, but they're bush league for seas...

We've had this discussion on here before, and there's not really any sort of official criteria for naming something a sea. Case in point, the Dead Sea and Salton Sea are just basically salt-water lakes. Even the Caspian Sea could basically just be considered a lake.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Sea tends to be a more Germanic term but given the heavy French population in the area's discovery period combined with the propensity for the English to tart up their speech with Frenchisms, the fact they are called lakes is no great surprise.

Of course they can be called seas, though. A part of the Hudson river that widens considerably north of the mouth of the river was named a sea by the early Dutch settlers, the Tappan Zee. If that is a sea, the great lakes surely qualify. Lake Champlain, too, would be called a sea in Germanic languages.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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It doesn't. Try for one complete sentence, which would be a start.
I made my point, unless you are geographically challenged. The whole premise of renaming the Great Lakes to change people's perceptions and attitudes is ridiculous. Comparing the Salton SEA to LAKE Tahoe makes this point quick and concisely. Even some among the geographically challenged understand Lake Tahoe is a popular tourism destination.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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No, not really. The only way to change people's perception of the Great Lakes is to have them actually *see* them and understand how large and influential they are...and that they contain nearly 1/5 of the fresh water on the planet's surface...
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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No...

They would be tiny seas...

Let's just take a popular sea, the first that comes to mind, ahh, the red sea.

The Red Sea is around 8x larger than Lake Michigan and almost twice as large as all of the Great Lakes combined.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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People think the great lakes are as big as some scenic mountain lake in Colorado.
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