Amy C asked in Environment · 1 decade ago

Whats the difference between a pond and a lake?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Well, there is no difference in size, as much as there is a difference in biota. A pond is characterized as a body of water, which has a photic zone through its entire length/width. In other words, plants could potentially grow all across its surface or below the surface. A lake however is characterized by having an aphotic zone, where the sun cannot penetrate, therefore plants cannot grow all over its surface or below it. This aphotic zone is usually determined by depth. Ponds are typically shallow to allow light to pass down deep enough for plants to survive. There is no standard size for lakes, ponds, bogs, etc. They are usually determined by their composition, both biotic and abiotic. So everyone that said that a lake is bigger is technically wrong, since there are some ponds that can exceed the size of small lakes, but due to the absolute photic zone, it is technically a pond. So, there you have it, I hope that helps!

    Source(s): Limnology/Aquatic entomology background
    • Panda6 years agoReport

      Beetle forgot about playa lakes and lakes set in what is called a graben which is a valley between fault lines that recedes. Try this source : http://www.aquahabitat.com/ponds.lakes.ed.html

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  • henle
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Lake Vs Pond

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  • 5 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

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    The main difference between a lake and a pond is the size. A lake is usually defined as a body of water large enough to have at least one wind-swept beach; ponds usually are not large enough for winds to blow across the water and create waves to wash away the plants that may be trying to take root. A lake is too deep for rooted plants to grow except near the shore.

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  • 4 years ago

    In general it is the size, but the other difference is in how they are made. Lakes generally are found at the end of a stream or rivulet while ponds tend to be water that has gathered at a landscape depression during a rainy season. Therefore the depth is also a distinguishing factor, lakes tend to be deeper than ponds.

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  • 6 years ago

    Beetle forgets there are many natural lakes that defy his strict definition. Try my source. Its from Biologists who build lakes and ponds

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  • 6 years ago

    I do not agree with that answer because where i live in Maine we have several large body's of water that are huge and quite deep about 30-50 ft and they are ponds (trip pond) (lower, upper, and middle range pond) so it doesn't make sense...

    Source(s): I'm a local
    • Panda6 years agoReport

      Zachary, Maine is unique. You guys invented the term "Great Pond" and yes they are huge.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The differences between ponds and lakes is that pond is not as shallow as lake and it will dry up really quick during the summer when outside is too hot. Lake can be really deep. For example, Lake Michigan is really deep and if you don't know how to swim and you dive into the water you may have a chance of drowning! And lake's water cannot be easily dry up during the Summer!

    Source(s): Science Book
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  • 6 years ago

    a pond has less water and lake flows more water

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  • 1 decade ago

    Physically: pond is very small lake is wide

    Depth: pond very small

    life time: Pond are mostly created during rainy season and disappreas

    location: ponds can be cerated by men (man made) specially you can find in areas where people life depend on cattle. Lakes are mostly natural. sometimes they are ceated by volcano. In a few places you can find artifical lakes made by men. Do you know about dam?

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