A line of contact between the open sea and the land, including imaginary lines separating inland water bodies from the open sea. The NHD acquires coastline data from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and it is not a product of the USGS. Coastline in the NHD is a representation of the Mean High Water (MHW) as calculated by NOAA and may not match orthoimagery. Coastline in the NHD could be altered but must have an accompanying metadata record that identifies the scientific method used to to calibrate the coastline to a known vertical datum. Coastline may be a named feature.

(Photo by Al Rea, USGS)




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