A shore or shoreline is the fringe of land at the edge of a large body of water, such as an ocean, sea, or lake. In Physical Oceanography a shore is the wider fringe that is geologically modified by the action of the body of water past and present, while the beach is at the edge of the shore, representing the intertidal zone where there is one. In contrast to a coast, a shore can border any body of water, while the coast must border an ocean; that is, a coast is a type of shore. Shore is often substituted for coast where an oceanic shore is meant.

Shores are influenced by the topography of the surrounding landscape, as well as by water induced erosion, such as waves. The geological composition of rock and soil dictates the type of shore which is created.

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North Shore (Lake Superior) - History - Pre-colonization
... pictographs present on rock faces along the North Shore and other Canadian rock faces in order to communicate with spirits ... In the 12th century, on the easternmost portion of the North Shore, the ancestors of the Ojibwa migrated into the area ... On the Minnesotan portion of the North Shore, there are only three archaeological sites, so it cannot be determined who lived there at the time ...
Peter Shore
... Peter David Shore, Baron Shore of Stepney PC (20 May 1924 – 24 September 2001) was a British Labour politician and former Cabinet Minister, noted in part for his opposition ...
Peter Shore - Member of Parliament - Labour Leadership Candidate
... When the Labour Party went into opposition in 1979, Shore was made Shadow Foreign Secretary, having recanted on his previous support for CND ... However, Shore came bottom of the poll with 32 votes when Foot was himself persuaded to stand ... approval party policy also became opposed to EEC membership, which suited Shore well ...
North Shore United
... North Shore United is a semi-professional football (soccer) club based in North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand ...
North Shore (Lake Superior)
... The North Shore of Lake Superior runs from Duluth, Minnesota, United States, at the southwestern end of the lake, to Thunder Bay and Nipigon, Ontario, Canada ... The shore is characterized by alternating rocky cliffs and cobblestone beaches, with rolling hills and ridges covered in boreal forest inland from the lake, through which ... to the Minnesota shoreline from Duluth to the international border at Grand Portage as the North Shore ...

Famous quotes containing the word shore:

    The shore is composed of a belt of smooth rounded white stones like paving-stones, excepting one or two short sand beaches, and is so steep that in many places a single leap will carry you into water over your head; and were it not for its remarkable transparency, that would be the last to be seen of its bottom till it rose on the opposite side. Some think it is bottomless.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Any man that resists the present tides that run in the world, will find himself thrown upon a shore so high and barren that it will seem he has been separated from his human kind forever.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)