Related Topics: [ wetlands] The term "shore" comes from the Old English word "scor", which means "to shear", or "to cut". This is an appropriate name for these areas. Whether they occur at the edge of a river, the margin of a lake, or ocean beaches, it is these areas which receive the brunt of the water's shearing force. Although many factors such as salinity, geography and the force with which flowing water strikes shore, it is probably substrate more than anything else which dictates the morphology of shoreline life.
The narrow strip of land immediately bordering any body of water, esp. the sea or a large lake; specifically the zone over which the ground is alternately exposed and covered by tides or waves, or the zone between high water and low water. (Jackson, 1997).