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Estuary of Rhine
Here Rhine empties into Lake Constance (Bodensee)

From: barbatus
Thu Aug 25 11:43:29 -0700 2005
Is estuary the right word for that? See, for example, Webster's article on the word: http://www.webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=estuary

From: tedder
Thu Aug 25 12:24:43 -0700 2005
What do you suggest? Lacustuary, perhaps?

From: barbatus
Thu Aug 25 13:49:22 -0700 2005
Encyclopedia Britannica on estuary:

partly enclosed coastal body of water in which river water is mixed with seawater. In a general sense, the estuarine environment is defined by salinity boundaries rather than by geographic boundaries. Many coastal features that are designated by other names are in fact estuaries. For example, various coastal embayments, such as Chesapeake Bay and Galveston Bay, also are estuaries because fresh and salt water undergo considerable mixing. Moreover, most of the world's fjord systems are estuaries, as are large semienclosed tidal-flat regions and coastal marshes (e.g., the Waddenzee area of The Netherlands).

Same source on the Rhine River and Lake Constance (emphasis mine):

Below Chur, the Rhine leaves the Alps to form the boundary first between Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein and then between Switzerland and Austria, before forming a delta as the current slackens at the entrance to Lake Constance.

So the main difference, besides Bodensee being a fresh water lake, is that there is no partially enclosed part of it, like a gulf or fjord, at the place where Rhine enters the Lake.

I propose delta or entrance.

Sorry for the long quotations :)

From: tedder
Thu Aug 25 14:11:35 -0700 2005
This is such a meta thread, it's really funny.

I don't like "Rhine Delta" because it implies "where the Rhine empties into the Ocean"- such as the Mississippi Delta or the Nile River Delta.

So either "Rhine Delta in Lake Constance" or "Rhine Lacustuary into Lake Constance".

From: barbatus
Thu Aug 25 14:38:18 -0700 2005
Hee-hee ... how 'bout 'Rhine Constantuary'?

From: tedder
Thu Aug 25 15:37:57 -0700 2005
But I'm not kidding- lacustuary is a real word, and I think it is probably apropos.

From: barbatus
Thu Aug 25 15:56:10 -0700 2005
This is very Wikipedian conversation, don't you agree?

It's your language, of course, but if lacustuary is a fresh water estuary, there should be that 'partially enclosed' thingie, like a gulf ... but it isn't worth it, 'cuz you can't see it close enough anyway :)

From: tedder
Thu Aug 25 16:18:01 -0700 2005
actually estuary wasn't my word to begin with, it was the submitters'. I think I'll leave it for now, since none of the alternatives seem completely perfect. Perhaps someone will come along and figure out a solution, or will at least see our blather and realize we are crazy.


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