Wondering about the definition of estuary? Keep reading to learn the meaning of estuary, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!
What is an Estuary?
In geography, an estuary is a body of water connecting a flowing river and a larger body, such as a sea or ocean.
Because it is the transition point, an estuary is subject to both the tides of the sea or ocean as well as the mixture of the fresh water with salt water that happens.
More on Estuaries
A good example is the New York City region, which sits in an estuary body of water, as the Hudson River drains into the Atlantic Ocean. Another good estuary example would be the Río de la Plata estuary between Argentina and Uruguay, pictured above.
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