Due to their sheltered waters, lagoons often serve as harbors and ports. This lagoon on Kekova Island, Turkey, has been the site of shipyards since the times of Ancient Greece and Rome. Kekova is in an area of Turkey known in ancient times as Lycia.

Photograph by Joe Scherschel

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A lagoon is a shallow body of water that may have an opening to a larger body of water, but is also protected from it by a sandbar or coral reef