Shoreline: The Great Lakes
shoreline features nearly 11,000 miles of diverse habitat-everything
from sheer, rocky cliffs to active dune systems to marshy
freshwater estuaries. In general, these shoreline areas are
extremely dynamic, strongly influenced by weather and water
level changes, and they support an incredible variety of plants
Lake: A lake is any considerable inland body of standing water-and the Great Lakes are considerable indeed. Together, these five lakes contain 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water, and 95 percent of the U.S. supply. In total area, you could fit New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire into the Great Lakes and still have room left over.