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- Lakes are inland bodies of standing water. Although millions of lakes are scattered over the Earth’s surface, most are located at higher latitudes and in mountainous areas.
- Lakes can be formed by glaciers, tectonic plate movement, river and wind currents, and volcanic or meteorite activity. Some lakes are only seasonal, drying up during parts of the year.
- The study of lakes, ponds, and other freshwater bodies is called limnology.
- Water circulation is the mixing of water in a lake. When the three temperature layers of a lake mix and change places, a lake is said to undergo stratification.
- Most lakes on Earth were formed as a result of glacial activity. As the heavy, thick ice pushed along, it carved deep gouges into the bedrock.
- Lakes occupy only a small percentage of Earth’s total surface area. Recent studies estimate the total surface area of lakes at about 4,200,000 km2 — only about 2.8% of the planet’s land surface area (or less than 1% of the Earth’s total surface area).
- Lakes of all sizes are an important area of biological study, because while lakes only make a small contribution to the total surface of the planet, they make a much larger contribution, compared to other environments, to ecological processes such as carbon cycling and biodiversity.
- Lake vs. Pond: Both lakes and ponds are standing or slow-moving bodies of water. There are no official or scientific differences between lakes and ponds. Lakes are larger than ponds, but size is relative. What would be considered a pond in one region might be considered a lake in another.
- Lake vs. Reservoir: Reservoirs, also called impoundments, are man-made lakes. Often, reservoirs can be thought of as a combination of lakes and rivers because they were created by building a dam and flooding a river valley.
- Pollution is a major threat to the life of a lake. Acid rain is formed by sulfates and nitrates emitted from coal-burning industries and automobile exhaust pipes. These chemicals combine with moisture and sunlight in the atmosphere to form sulfuric and nitric acids that enter lakes via rain and other precipitation.
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Lake worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about A lake, which sometimes called a loch, is an area filled with water that is surrounded by land apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- Lake Facts
- The Birth of Lakes
- Glacial Activity – Glacial Storyboard
- Tectonic Movement – Graben Match
- Volcanic Activity – Color Me Lake
- Types of Lakes – Lakes Word Find
- Letters Jumble
- Caring for Lakes
- Explore the Giants – Lakes by Area
- They’re Deep!
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