What is lake?

  • (noun): A body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land.
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Lake

A lake is a body of relatively still water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake. Lakes are inland and not part of the ocean and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are larger and deeper than ponds. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing. However most lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams.

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Vorarlberg - Geography
... Important lakes, apart from Lake Constance are Lüner Lake, Silvretta Lake, Vermunt Lake, Spuller Lake, the Kops Basin and Formarin Lake the first four were created for the production of ... before the dam for the power plant was built, Lüner Lake was the largest mountain lake in the Alps ... power plants in Germany is used to pump water back into some of the lakes ...
Fort Ticonderoga - Construction - Inside and Outside
... A wooden palisade protected an area outside the fort between the southern wall and the lake shore ... became apparent in 1756 that the fort was too far to the west of the lake, the French constructed an additional redoubt to the east to enable cannon to cover the lake's narrows ... (now Mars Education Center) soldiers' barracks at right Front of the fort View of the lake from the front Back view of the fort ...
Utah Lake
... Utah Lake is a freshwater lake in the U.S ... The lake's only river outlet, the Jordan River, is a tributary of the Great Salt Lake ... Evaporation accounts for 42% of the outflow of the lake, which leaves the lake slightly saline ...
Utah Lake - Hydrology
... The Utah Lake watershed drains 3,846 square miles (9,960 km2) over mostly mountainous terrain ... account for nearly 60% of inflow by streams or rivers into Utah Lake ... Additionally, there are many hot springs and smaller creeks flowing into the lake ...
Utah Lake - Ecosystem - Birds
... Today, about 226 species of birds use the lake either as their permanent home or as a stop over on their migration ... The Utah Lake Wetland Preserve has been established at the south end of Utah Lake ... Birds seen at Utah Lake include sandhill crane, double-crested cormorant, great horned owl, turkey vulture, golden eagle, cinnamon teal duck, and mallard duck ...

More definitions of "lake":

  • (noun): Any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments.
  • (noun): A purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal.

Famous quotes containing the word lake:

    What a wilderness walk for a man to take alone! None of your half-mile swamps, none of your mile-wide woods merely, as on the skirts of our towns, without hotels, only a dark mountain or a lake for guide-board and station, over ground much of it impassable in summer!
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The best quality tea must have creases like the leathern boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain.
    Lu Yu (d. 804)