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View Poll Results: Which of the following do the Great Lakes have...
a coast 12 19.05%
a shore 51 80.95%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-18-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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If some on.- line dictionaries include a LARGE body of water or can say LARGE LAKE to land along a LARGE BODY of Water for the definition of a -- "coastline". The Great Lakes CAN BE said to have a Coastline.

https://www.livescience.com/32011-lake-michigan.html
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There are a number of beaches along the coast, and the Great Lakes are sometimes referred to as the “Third Coast” behind the Pacific and Atlantic (the Gulf Coast notwithstanding).
The Mackinac Bridge connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas at the straits between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

On the northern end, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are connected by the Straits of Mackinac, a 4- to 5-mile-wide (4.6 to 8 kilometers) channel, and technically, these two bodies of water are one lake.

A technical bit of science:

Surprise, There Are Only 4 Great Lakes

The boundary between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron has these two named lakes joined by the Straits of Mackinac. A strait – not a river. The strait is 5 miles wide and 20 fathoms deep making it a waterway much wider and deeper than a river. Also, the straits help regulate the flow between the two bodies of water, making them one in the eyes of science. Lake Michigan-Huron, as it’s properly known is

So technically -- a single lake because the flow of water through the straits keeps their water levels in near-equilibrium. Combined, Lake Michigan–Huron is the largest fresh water lake by area in the world. Although the Straits create a pronounced bottleneck in the contours of the shoreline and a major constriction in the local bathymetry, defining two distinct basins, they are still deep and wide enough to allow the free exchange of water between the two sides. Because of the link through the Straits, Lakes Michigan and Huron have the same mean water level.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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Both.

The Great Lakes have both a coast and a shore. All bodies of water have shores, but only large bodies of water such as oceans, inland seas, or large lakes have coasts. The Great Lakes are essentially inland seas. But even if one considers the Great Lakes to be mere lakes, they still qualify as large enough to have coasts.

As for some handy definitions:

The shore is the area directly against the water affected by the actual movement of water whether by tides or other water movement such as waves.

The coast is an area of undefined or variable width that extends inland but is still affected by or associated with the shore. Often this distinction is climatological as large bodies of water have effects on local weather extending inland, but this can be defined economically as well since inland economic conditions are often related to the body of water (fishing, transportation, etc.)
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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Shore. It's not about size. Coast implies ocean. Though you can describe the culture and lifestyle of Michigan or eastern Wisconsin as "coastal" (a better word is "nautical") the Great Lakes are still not "coasts."
I have been to Ohio's north coast.
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:19 AM
 
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Having lived in Michigan I can say most people use shoreline, but occasionally you hear coast used. It's not something people up there dwell on.
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:38 AM
 
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Not an expert on this but isn't there a "Gold Coast" district in Chicago? Also I recall a place callled Coastal Tacos in Cleveland. I'm going with coast.
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:49 PM
 
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I don't understand how people think the words coast and shore are mutually exclusive.

Every coast has a shore.

Since every Great Lake has a coast, every Great Lake has a shore.

The correct answer is 'both'.
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Old 07-26-2017, 02:23 PM
 
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Coast or Shore?: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.4507...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1032...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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Yes....those pictures illustrate that some of these arguments are silly and biased. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:19 PM
 
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As mentioned earlier, The Gold Coast in Chicago is real, but in the end just a name for a neighborhood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_C...trict_(Chicago)
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:15 PM
 
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As mentioned earlier, The Gold Coast in Chicago is real, but in the end just a name for a neighborhood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_C...trict_(Chicago)
Yes, but this is also the Gold Coast .... sure looks like a coast.

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