Pond Landforms Have 2 Main Characteristics:

  1. Small body of water
  2. Generally smaller than a lake

Example of a Pond Landform:
The pond picture above is of Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts, USA

What is a Pond Landform?

A pond is a small body of water, usually smaller than a lake. A pond can be part of a wetland area, with a variety of aquatic plants and animals.

How are Ponds Formed?

A pond can be formed in an area that has a high water table such as a floodplain, or an area that receives water from mountain streams.  A retreating glacier can drop a large block of ice, forming a depression in the ground that fills with water.

How Large is a Pond?

A pond usually covers no more than a few acres of land.  However, there is no rule to indicate how big a pond can be.  Some ponds are also small lakes.

Where Can a Pond Be Found?

A pond that occurs naturally may be on a floodplain close to a river, or in an area fed by water from hills or mountain streams.

Famous Ponds and Facts

• Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts, USA
• Antonelli Pond, Santa Cruz, California, USA
• Christian Pond, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
• Barycz River Valley, southwestern Poland
• Pete’s Pond, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts is 1/2 mile wide and lies in a kettle hole, created by a retreating glacier at least 10,000 years ago. A large block of ice fell from the glacier and partially buried itself. When it melted, a depression in the ground remained and filled with water.

Walden Pond is a national landmark as the location where the author Henry David Thoreau lived and wrote some of his works. Antonelli Pond, about 500 feet across and only 3 feet deep, was artificially created 100 years ago in Santa Cruz, California and supports many bird species, deer, coyote and small wild animals.

Christian Pond, nearly a mile wide, is found in Grand Teton National Park of Wyoming, providing a home for wading bird species like the Trumpeter Swan. In the Barycz River Valley of southwestern Poland, there are approximately 285 fish ponds as part of a nature preserve to protect the area for waterfowl that breed there.

The combined area of the ponds is 30 square miles. Pete’s Pond was created by Pete Le Roux as the general manager of the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. It is intended to provide a place for wild animals to drink, away from poachers that roam the Limpopo River. A live-cam was installed at the pond by National Geographic with 24 hour online streaming at Wild Earth TV.

Pond definition:

A small body of water, generally smaller than a lake.

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