March 16, 2020

Did You Know?

1.)   The largest, oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world

Lake Baikal, located in Siberia, measures in at a whopping 7,838,720 surface acres and 5,387ft deep. It contains between 22% and 23% of the world’s fresh water and is estimated to be 25 million years old!

2.)   Pond vs. Lake

There is no universally recognized distinction between a pond and a lake. While biologists have proposed formal definitions for ponds, all have been met with disapproval. Typically, a lake is the larger body of water, however there are many instances of ponds being larger than lakes!

3.)   A find of mammoth proportions

One pond owner got far more than he bargained for in 1994 when he dredged his pond. after finding an incredibly large rib bone, archeologists descended on the site and extracted a nearly complete Mastodon skeleton!

4.)   Ponds throughout history  

Ancient Egyptians figured out how to divert water from the Nile River to create ponds where they could stock tilapia to feed their thriving, ever-expanding civilization, and Romans utilized ponds that they called “stews,” which they stocked with breeding populations of mullet, trout, and a variety of other species for food. In portions of medieval Europe, having a pond by your castle was a sign of prosperity.

5.)   A lot of shoreline

Added altogether, the shorelines of all the world’s lakes roughly measure 250 times the length of the equator. The equator is 7,926 miles (12,756 kilometers) long.

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