May 12, 2014

How a pond became a lake

Lake Okeechobee is the biggest lake in Florida:

It looks like a saltwater bay standing at its bank (i.e. levee).

Deep Lake looks pond like
despite boasting a 90 foot depth

But modestly sized Deep Lake in Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve is 5 times deeper, despite being on the order of what many people would call a pond. The reason it's not a pond is the same reason that nearby Turner River is not called a Creek.

Hint: Think big fish in small pond.

Lake Okeechobee looks like a bay
but is less than 20 feet deep
In other words, naturally navigable water channels and perennially open water bodies are rare -- and thus noteworthy (no matter how small) -- in the swamp.

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