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(English) Feature of coastal lagoon/lake/pond coastline and reef islets; marine or brackish water bodies which lack surface connection to the sea, usually located near the coast in permeable substrates and which, by the presence of salt and tidal fluctuations, show subsurface hydrologic connections to the sea.
(French) Trait d’une lagune, d’un lac, ou d’une étang littorale côtière et des îlots récifals; des eaux marins ou saumâtres sans connection superficielle à la mer, habituellement situé près de la côte aux substrats perméables et qui indique des connections subsurfaces hydrologiques par la présence du sel et les variations de la marée.
(Portuguese) Águas marinhas ou salobras sem conexão superficial com o mar, habitualmente situado perto de costas de substrato permeável e que demonstra contactos hidrológicos com o mar por existir salinidade alta e marés.

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