What are lakes and ponds?
All About Ponds and Lakes. A pond is a body of water shallow enough to support rooted plants. Many times plants grow all the way across a shallow pond. Water temperature is fairly even from top to bottom and changes with air temperature. There is little wave action and the bottom is usually covered with mud.
Both are small bodies of water, either natural or man-made, that are completely surrounded by land. The primary difference between the two is their size. Simply put, lakes are larger and ponds are smaller. However, there is no standardization of lake sizes.
- Most would say it's size, a lake is bigger, a pond is smaller. A lake, by contrast, has an “aphotic zone,” meaning there is an area deep enough that sunlight can't reach the bottom. As a result, there are some very small bodies of water, less than an acre that are deep enough to be called lakes.
- Weeds rarely grow in water over 15 feet deep so if a lake has an average depth of over 15 feet, you can sure there won't ever be a takeover.Another benefit to a deep lake is volume. A deep lake has more room for fish and fresh water than a shallow lake.
- One definition of lake is a body of water of 2 hectares (5 acres) or more in area; however, others have defined lakes as waterbodies of 5 hectares (12 acres) and above, or 8 hectares (20 acres) and above (see also the definition of "pond").
Lagoon is a water body that is formed near coastal areas. It is shallow and has a small link with sea or the ocean though it is also separated from the ocean water with reefs or a low sandbank.
- A lagoon is a shallow body of water protected from a larger body of water (usually the ocean) by sandbars, barrier islands, or coral reefs. Lagoons are often called estuaries, sounds, bays, or even lakes.
- Many people use the terms "ocean" and "sea" interchangeably when speaking about the ocean, but there is a difference between the two terms when speaking of geography (the study of the Earth's surface). Seas are smaller than oceans and are usually located where the land and ocean meet.
- A gulf is a large body of water, sometimes with a narrow mouth, that is almost completely surrounded by land. It can be considered a large bay. The world's largest gulf is the Gulf of Mexico, with a total surface area of about 1,554,000 square kilometers (600,000 square miles).
Updated: 6th December 2019