A lake is a relatively still, inland body of water. Some lakes occur natural where a river or other source of water feeds them. Other lakes have been created artificially using dams. Lakes can range in size, from small to the massive Great Lakes on the border of the United States and Canada. Most lakes are freshwater bodies of water, and lakes are found on every continent (including subglacial lakes in Antarctica). For issues and news related to lakes, read below.
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Dead Volcano, Dying Lake Seen from Space (Photo)
Lake Urmia in Iran
August 4th, 2014
A large salt lake once surrounded the cone of an extinct volcano in Iran. Today, the lake is a fraction of its former self, and Iran's government is taking action to save it.
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Water in the Desert? Massive Engineering Project Seen from Space (Photo)
The Hanhowuz Reservoir of Turkmenistan
July 1st, 2014
The Hanhowuz Reservoir of Turkmenistan stands out as a shock of turquoise in the desert, with irrigated agricultural fields making a checkerboard around it. But this water diversion project and others like it have caused major environmental problems.
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Planting the Seed of Sustainable Farming: Op-Ed
An image of the Lake Erie algae bloom acquired by NASA's Aqua satellite on October 9, 2011.
May 15th, 2013
Can algal blooms be stopped with better farming?
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Lots o' Water! 117 Million Lakes Dot Earth, Most Accurate Survey Finds
siberia lakes
September 29th, 2014
With high-resolution satellite data and supercomputers to check every cloudless pixel, researchers now have the best count yet of lakes on Earth.
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