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    Fact of the Day - LAKES Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada Did you know... that a lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin, 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, although like the much larger oceans, they form part of earth's water cycle. Lakes are distinct from lagoons which are generally coastal parts of the ocean. They are generally larger and deeper than ponds, which also lie on land, though there are no official or scientific definitions. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing in a channel on land. 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, where a river channel has widened into a basin. 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, recreational purposes, or other activities. (Wikipedia) Interesting Facts About Lakes by Admin | 2017 Lake Bled seen from Little Osojnica Hill A lake is a body of water that is surrounded by land. There are millions of lakes in the world. They are found on every continent and in every kind of environment—in mountains and deserts, on plains, and near seashores. Lakes vary greatly in size. Some measure only a few square meters and are often referred to as ponds while others are so big that they are called seas. The majority of lakes on Earth are fresh water, and most lie in the Northern Hemisphere at higher latitudes. Banff National Park, Canada Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources gives an official count of 2,747,997 lakes in Russia. 98% of these lakes, the ministry says, are less than 1 square kilometer (0.38 miles), and less than 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) deep. Canada has an estimated 31,752 lakes larger than 3 square kilometers (1.2 sq mi) and an unknown total number of lakes, but is estimated to be at least 2 million. Possibly Banff National Park, Canada Finland has 187,888 official lakes that each have an area of over 500 square meters (5,380 square feet). Approximately 56,000 of these lakes have an area of over 10,000 square meters (107,640 square feet). Finland has one of the highest densities of lakes and is often referred to as the land of the thousand lakes. The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world’s largest lake or a full-fledged sea. It sprawls for 1,030 kilometers (640 miles) from north to south, although its average width is only 320 kilometers (200 miles). The sea has a surface area of 371,000 square kilometers (143,200 square miles). This is a view from orbit of the Caspian Sea as imaged by the MODIS sensor on the Terra satellite. Lake Superior is the largest of North America’s Great Lakes. It is generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. The surface area of Lake Superior is 82,170 square kilometers (31,700 square miles). That is 10% of all the earth’s fresh surface water. Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario Lake Baikal located in southern Siberia is is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of the world’s fresh surface water. With 23,615.39 cubic kilometers (5,670 cu mi) of fresh water, it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined. Lake Baikal is also the deepest lake in the world. It is 1,642 meters (5,387 ft) at its deepest point. It is considered among the world’s clearest lakes and is considered the world’s oldest lake — at 25 million years. Lake Baikal in mid July The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It is the world’s lowest lake at 418 meters (1,371 ft) below sea level. Although its name implies otherwise, the Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea at all. It’s really a lake. In fact, it’s a hypersaline lake, which means it’s a landlocked body of water with a high concentration of sodium chloride and other mineral salts. Dead Sea Lake Titicaca located on the border of Bolivia and Peru at an altitude of 3,812 meters (12,507 feet), is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America. Raft of totora on Lake Titicaca in the island of the Sun (Bolivia). Click the link below to read more facts about lakes. Source: Facts About Lakes | Wikipedia - Lake
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    What's the Word? - ZONK pronunciation: [zoNGk] Part of speech: verb Origin: of imitative/echoic origin, mid-20th century Meaning: 1. Fall or cause to fall suddenly and heavily asleep or lose consciousness 2. Hit or strike. Example: "Nothing makes me zonk out quite as quickly as NyQuil." "The bowl zonked Cheryl when she tried to grab it from the top shelf." About Zonk Zonk is a slang, onomatopoeic term from the mid-20th century with unknown origin. Did You Know? Zonk has its own unofficial meaning within the Army. A commanding officer will usually use it during physical training formations as a fun way to dismiss his or her unit from duty. Once the word is shouted out, the entire unit can run off while shouting with glee.
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