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39 water terms, mapped

How firths, lochs, and other bodies of water are different.

Learn what they mean.

What do all those bodies of water really mean?

If you comb through the US Geological Survey, Merriam Webster, and a few other sources, you can get an idea of the differences between firths, tarns, and other bodies of water. It can be tough to remember all the definitions, but the video above puts them together as a journey through a single (slightly fantastical) map.

You may not visit all these bodies of water, but at least now you’ll know what they mean.

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