Lakes are temporary storage places for water moving in the water cycle

Lakes: Hidden Lake, Montana

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Lakes are an important component of the natural water cycle

A lake really is just another component of Earth's surface water. A lake is where surface-water runoff and groundwater seepage have accumulated in a low spot, relative to the surrounding countryside.  A lake really is just another component of Earth's surface water. A lake is where surface-water runoff (and maybe some groundwater seepage) have accumulated in a low spot, relative to the surrounding countryside. It's not that the water that forms lakes get trapped, but that the water entering a lake comes in faster than it can escape, either via outflow in a river, seepage into the ground, or by evaporation. And if humans live nearby, then water levels can be affected by water withdrawals for human needs.

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Image Dimensions: 2200 x 1383

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Location Taken: MT, US