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Lake

A lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land, apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake. Lakes lie on land and are not part of the ocean, and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are also larger and deeper than ponds, though there are no official or scientific definitions. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing. Most lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams.

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A lake in Turkey turned a crimson red color due to a kind of algae rapidly blossoming in the lake. Normally this algae is green but conditions such as high salinity and large amounts of natural light have resulted in the production of protective carotenoids within the cells which caused the algae to turn red.

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