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    when does a pond become a lake?

    does it have to be a certain size or depth to be considered a lake?

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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    A pond is typically a body of water smaller than a lake. However the difference between a pond and an artificial lake is subjective. They are both formed by ponding water, either by excavating a hollow in which water may lie or by forming a dam to impound the water in a valley. The techniques may be combined to form a reservoir in flat country by enclosing an area with an embankment. Such a pond, unless very small, is usually called a reservoir. In some cultures, the meaning has been extended to include small bodies of water impounded naturally. (Oxford English Dictionary)

    Scientifically, a pond is any body of water where light is found in the entire body of water. A lake is any body of water that has a profundal zone; there is as limit of effective light penetration for organisms. Hence, Lake Superior can theoretically be defined as Pond Superior because light does extend to the bottom of the "lake".

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    It depends where it is.
    In the midwest what they call a pond is bigger than most lakes on the east coast! Technically, there is no distinction between a pond and a lake, such as the distinction made betwen other quantities, i.e units of measurement.

    Bear in mind that the Wikipedia enrty re "scientific" is entirely made up by someone who either wrote or read it in a textbook. There is no scientific distinction between a pond and a lake. I used to camp by long abandoned stip mines that were hundreds of feet deep and filled with water, plants & fish. The only light on the bottom is artificial from divers. And these holes of water were about 1-2 hundred yards long and 50 feet wide. I would not refer to these bodies as lakes because they are so small.
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    Heck, I dunno. A lake has a boat ramp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    does it have to be a certain size or depth to be considered a lake?
    When you can't skip a rock across it because it's so big.
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    You feel you can't fish it adequately from the shore so you need a boat. Then it's a lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDoctor View Post
    You feel you can't fish it adequately from the shore so you need a boat. Then it's a lake.
    That sounds about right
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    It has always been my understanding that a body of water becomes a lake when sunlight cannot penetrate to the bottom at it's greatest depth. Under naturally occuring conditions of course.
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    Nothing worse then a lack of penetration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Nothing worse then a lack of penetration.

    sounds as though you are speaking from experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    sounds as though you are speaking from experience!

    It's not that I lack the ability to penetrate it's that I am married and rarely get any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    It's not that I lack the ability to penetrate it's that I am married and rarely get any.

    i can relate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    A pond is typically a body of water smaller than a lake. However the difference between a pond and an artificial lake is subjective. They are both formed by ponding water, either by excavating a hollow in which water may lie or by forming a dam to impound the water in a valley. The techniques may be combined to form a reservoir in flat country by enclosing an area with an embankment. Such a pond, unless very small, is usually called a reservoir. In some cultures, the meaning has been extended to include small bodies of water impounded naturally. (Oxford English Dictionary)

    Scientifically, a pond is any body of water where light is found in the entire body of water. A lake is any body of water that has a profundal zone; there is as limit of effective light penetration for organisms. Hence, Lake Superior can theoretically be defined as Pond Superior because light does extend to the bottom of the "lake".

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    ug.. after reading that I wish I never clicked on this thread as I'm more confused over a question I didn't ask than I was before reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    It's not that I lack the ability to penetrate it's that I am married and rarely get any.

    What am I laughing about? I'm married too!

    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    Any amount of water is considered a lake in Florida, even rain puddles... (It adds a few hundred thousand to the price of the real estate!)

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    This picture has nothing to do with anything.

    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    does the lake/pond difference have to do with source and exit of water? make a lake has rivers running into it...and river streams flowing out of it, but a pond is more/less a collection of water.
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