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Hydrology of lakes and wetlands

January 1, 1990

The existence of lakes and wetlands depends on the specific geologic setting that favors the ponding of water, and on the hydrologic processes that allow the body of water to persist at a given site. Lakes can occur only in topographic depressions, but wetlands occur in depressions, on flat areas, on slopes, and even on drainage divides. Lakes and wetlands have some common characteristics, but they differ in many aspects of water storage, water circulation, water loss to the atmosphere, and the thermal and chemical characteristics of their waters.

Publication Year 1990
Title Hydrology of lakes and wetlands
DOI 10.1130/DNAG-GNA-O1.159
Authors Thomas C. Winter, Ming-Ko Woo
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70196321
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization North Dakota Water Science Center; Dakota Water Science Center