Definition: An inland body of water, generally of considerable size, that collects and stores usually fresh water from surface runoff, and where there is little or no horizontal movement of the impounded water. Lakes can be formed by volcanic, human, or glacial activity; by mass wasting such as landslides; or by stream channel abandonment such as may occur with old, meandering rivers (an "oxbow" lake).
Terms, Definitions, and Concepts: Ecology, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Real Estate, Science, Water
Added: Fri Jan 06 2006
Last Modified: Wed Aug 27 2008