Signs for LAKE, POND

Meaning: lake; inland body of water.

Meaning: pond.

Pronunciation (sign description): Fingerspelling.

Related signs: WATER, SEA,

What is the difference between a lake and a pond?

According to, the difference is not the size as most people would say. Rather, the difference is the depth of the water body, according to limnology (the study of water bodies). Ponds are shallow enough where plants could grow, where the sun rays can reach the bottom, while lakes are deep that sunlight cannot reach the bottom. Ponds are shallow enough where plants could conceivably grow across the entire surface. This area, where plants could grow is known as the “photic zone,” meaning where the sun’s rays can reach the bottom. Ref

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