Sunset Lake Nature

A #lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land, apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the #lake. Lakes lie on land and are not part of the ocean, and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are also larger and deeper than ponds, though there are no official or scientific definitions. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing. Most #lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams.

Natural #lakes are generally found in mountainous areas, rift zones, and areas with ongoing glaciation. Other #lakes are found in endorheic basins or along the courses of mature rivers. In some parts of the world there are many #lakes because of chaotic drainage patterns left over from the last Ice Age. All #lakes are temporary over geologic time scales, as they will slowly fill in with sediments or spill out of the basin containing them.

Many #lakes are artificial and are constructed for industrial or agricultural use, for hydro-electric power generation or domestic water supply, or for aesthetic or recreational purposes or even for other activities.

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