Burning Questions: When does a large puddle become a pond and a pond become a lake?

When does a large puddle become a pond and a pond become a lake?

The scene in 2012 when torrential rain turned Penhill Park, Sidcup, into a windsurfing lake - or was it a pond?

Could the recent flooding in Bob Dunn Way, Dartford, be classed as a large puddle or a temporary pond?

First published in News

WITH all the rain we’ve had this year so far it’s been hard to escape the sight of water, so today we have a question on the wet stuff for you to tackle.

The rainfall has created some interesting – if unwanted – new water features around the area, so what we want to know is when does a large puddle become a pond and when does a pond become a lake?

Is it down to the body of water’s size, or depth? Does the type of water matter or whether the feature is natural or man-made?

Add your ideas – or definitive answers if you have them – below to help explain how these standing bodies of water should be identified.

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8:05am Wed 5 Feb 14

Slonik says...

Ponds and lakes tend to be permanent water features - puddles don't.
Ponds and lakes tend to be permanent water features - puddles don't. Slonik
  • Score: 7

8:26am Wed 5 Feb 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Slonik wrote:
Ponds and lakes tend to be permanent water features - puddles don't.
And thats the end of that burning question.
[quote][p][bold]Slonik[/bold] wrote: Ponds and lakes tend to be permanent water features - puddles don't.[/p][/quote]And thats the end of that burning question. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 7

9:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

Simon Bull says...

Slonik wrote:
Ponds and lakes tend to be permanent water features - puddles don't.
OK, so what does permanent mean? There are puddles which can hang around in fields or roads for months at a time. And what's the different between a pond and a lake?
[quote][p][bold]Slonik[/bold] wrote: Ponds and lakes tend to be permanent water features - puddles don't.[/p][/quote]OK, so what does permanent mean? There are puddles which can hang around in fields or roads for months at a time. And what's the different between a pond and a lake? Simon Bull
  • Score: 0

10:50am Wed 5 Feb 14

paulbexleyheath says...

a puddle becomes a pond when duck swim in it ....
a pond becomes a lake when the fish arrive
;-)
a puddle becomes a pond when duck swim in it .... a pond becomes a lake when the fish arrive ;-) paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 7

10:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

the wall says...

Light penetrates to the bottom of a pond but not a lake.

Ponds don't have shoreline waves, lakes do.
Light penetrates to the bottom of a pond but not a lake. Ponds don't have shoreline waves, lakes do. the wall
  • Score: -17

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