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An estuary is a geographic concept that describes where freshwater enters the sea, creating a complex landscape of mixed fresh and salt water. The exact boundary of the estuary depends on your interests in defining the boundary. From a national perspective, the whole Salish Sea could be considered an estuary. Within the greater Salish Sea estuary, there are a number of sub-estuaries, from large river deltas to the many embayments often associated with stream mouths.