A is a body of that is located in a basin and is surrounded by land, with the exception of any or other outlet that helps to feed or drain the .

Lakes are on land and are not part of the , yet they are part of the ’s cycle, as are the much bigger seas.

Lakes are separate from lagoons, which are often found on the ’s coast. They are often larger and deeper than ponds, which are also found on land, however no formal or scientific classifications exist.

Lakes are distinct from rivers or streams, which typically run in a channel on land. Rivers and streams feed and drain the majority of lakes.