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March 11, 2013

Shoreline

The shoreline -- of the sea, lakes, and rivers -- is a dynamic interface of civilization and the natural world. It exerts a powerful draw on us. That transition space holds beauty and carries risk, the zone where we at once embrace and battle the environment in which we exist. The shoreline provides food, recreation, breeding grounds, commerce, peace, and even primal fear. Two thirds of the world's largest cities lie in low-elevation coastal areas, vulnerable to sea rise even as population trends show us increasingly dwelling in urban areas. Gathered here are images exploring our attraction to the water's edge. -- Lane Turner (46 photos total)

Christian Tio of the Philippines freestyles during day three of the KTA Bintan at Argo Beach Resort on February 23, 2013 in Bintan Island, Indonesia. (Xaume Olleros/Getty Images)

A worker cleans debris from the Fun Town Pier damaged by Superstorm Sandy on February 19, 2013 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie has estimated that damage in New Jersey caused by Superstorm Sandy could reach $37 billion. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #

A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes it's way to the surf at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina on August 17, 2012. Turtle volunteers walk the area's beaches along South Carolina's coast daily during nesting season keeping tabs on the endangered species. (Randall Hill/Reuters) #

With temperatures around 46 degrees Fahrenheit, a man celebrates the New Year by jumping into the North Sea during the traditional New Year's Dive in Ostend, Belgium on January 5, 2013. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press) #

Garrett McNamara rides a wave off Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal on January 28, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught this wave reported to be around 100ft. (To Mane/Nazare Qualifica/Associated Press) #

A fisherman pulls his net out of the water at sunset in Habaniya, Iraq on October 26, 2012. (Saad Shalash/Reuters) #

A man fishes along the shore of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong on November 8, 2012. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press) #

The Bungan surf life saving crew lose control of their boat during the Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series at Dee Why Beach on February 2, 2013 in Sydney. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #

Fishermen unload a catch on the shores of Banyuwangi on the eastern Java island on October 18, 2012. Indonesia belongs to the six-country coral triangle, the Amazon of the marine world and global center of marine bio-diversity. The coral triangle spans over the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. (Aman Rochman/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers collect seaweed along Pandawa beach in Jimbaran on Bali on November 6, 2012. Hundreds of people earn their livelihood by collecting and selling seaweed, a popular dish across the region. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images) #

Cecilia Villegas, 77, approaches a dock after of a morning of fishing on the Pacific coast of Cano Ciego Island near Puntarenas City, Costa Rica on October 3, 2012. Fishing is the only source of income for the thirty families on this small island. (Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters) #

Brandt Snedeker follows his shot on the ninth fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Course during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on February 10, 2013 in Pebble Beach, Calif. (Ben Margot/Associated Press) #

A man dressed as a friar jumps from a 13-meter high cliff during the "Jump of the Friar", along Herradura Beach in Lima on November 16, 2012. The jump commemorates a local legend of a friar who leapt from the same rock to commit suicide over his love of a woman some two hundred years ago. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters) #

A surfer jumps into the sea off a pier in Durban, South Africa on February 6, 2013. (Kim Ludbrook/EPA) #

A surfer loses control of his board as he trains at Banzai Beach in Santa Marinella, Italy on December 5, 2012. (Max Rossi/Reuters) #

A kitesurfer gets big air competing in the British Kitesports Championships in north Devon, England on October 17, 2012. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

A man competes in the ZJ Boarding House Halloween surf contest in Santa Monica on October 27, 2012. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) #

A whale breaches with the Virginia Beach oceanfront in the background on January 5, 2013 (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot/Associated Press) #

Icicles along Lake Shore Drive frame downtown Chicago on February 1, 2013. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press) #

Beachgoers in Scheveningen, Netherlands struggle against the wind on November 25, 2012. (Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Two women paddle on stand up paddle boards at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2012. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters) #

Nudists walk on Fora beach in Finisterre, Spain on November 10, 2012. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Hindu holy man walks amongst birds at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on November 5, 2012. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters) #

Kite surfers take to the ice on March 3, 2013 during the ninth annual Kite Crossing event on Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison, Minn. (Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch/Associated Press) #

Hindu devotees gather on the shores of the River Ganges as it meets the Yamuna river in Allahabad on February 9, 2013 during the Kumbh Mela, which sees up to 100 million worshippers gather over 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) #

A lone goose spreads his wings amongst hundreds of sea gulls huddled up to stay warm on the shores of Lake Erie on January 7, 2013 in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press) #

Sand fills the streets in the wake of superstorm Sandy along the central Jersey Shore on October 31, 2013. The total economic damage from Superstorm Sandy could run as high as $50 billion, which would make it the second-costliest storm in US history after Hurricane Katrina. (Mike Groll/Associated Press) #

Surfers attempt to break the Guinness word record for the largest amount of surfers on a wave at one time in Muizenberg, South Africa on September 30, 2012. (Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press) #

Horses race in the Matakoina Trial Stakes during the Castlepoint Beach Races at Castlepoint Beach on March 2, 2013 in Masterton, New Zealand. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #

Birds run along the beach to stay out of the surf as they search for food in Cardiff, Calif. on November 6, 2012. (Mike Blake/Reuters) #

A bird follows an Olive Ridley turtle after the turtle nested at the La Flor Wildlife Refugee in Nicaragua on November 15, 2012. La Flor is one of seven beaches in Central America where more than 100,000 Olive Ridley turtles nest each year. (Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters) #

A woman walks with her dog at sunset on Leo Carrillo state beach north of Malibu, Calif. on March 2, 2013. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images) #

Patterns are left by the incoming tide on Filey Beach on March 2, 2013 in Filey, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

A girl walks on a muddy beach carrying items salvaged from ruins of a burnt neighborhood at East Pikesake ward in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar on November 5, 2012. (Minzayar/Reuters) #

People walk along the beach at low tide near St. Aubin, Jersey on November 11, 2012. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #

A woman walks on a footbridge in the interior of Dal Lake during autumn in Srinagar, Kashmir on October 18, 2012. (Fayaz Kabli/Reuters)#

A child plays in front of a wave crashing into Beirut's Corniche seaside promenade as winds sweep through Lebanon ahead of a storm on January 8, 2013. (Sharif Karim/Reuters)#

Waves crash as superstorm Sandy comes up the coast on October 29, 2012 in Winthrop, Mass. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)#

Onlookers gather on the beach after the oil tanker Pratibha Cauvery ran aground in Chennai, India on October 31, 2012. (Seshadri Sukumarstrdel/AFP/Getty Images)#

Nuclear regulators examine the beach at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Ohi, Fukui prefecture, Japan on November 2, 2012. They inspected ground structures at the country's only operating nuclear plant to examine if an existing fault line is active. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)#

A fisherman fixes a net on Ly Son Island off the central province of Quang Ngai, Vietnam on August 10, 2013. (Nam Hoang Dinh/AFP/Getty Images)#

A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda pays tribute to Lemanja, goddess of the sea, in Praia Vermelha in Rio de Janeiro on December 31, 2012. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)#

Children play with bubbles while visiting Karachi's Clifton Beach on November 14, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Reuters)#

Tom Nee carries wood to shore up the foundation of his damaged home on Plum Island in Newbury Mass. on February 9, 2013 after a major storm. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)#

Crews scrape off more than 400 pounds of organic material, including species native to Japan but not found in the United States, from a dock that washed ashore near Forks, Wash. on January 3, 2013. The dock is considered likely debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. (Olympic National Park/Associated Press)#

A man works on his sand castle near the city wall on a beach in Cadiz, Spain on January 15, 2012. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)#


 
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