Pond or lake?

Fleet Pond was used to test hydroplanes by Geoffrey de Havilland

Fleet Pond was used to test hydroplanes by Geoffrey de Havilland

How do you know if you’ve got a pond or a lake?

One good way of telling is you can land a plane on a lake, but not on a pond!

Except this lake is actually Fleet Pond in Hampshire (England).

You can see more about Fleet Pond (or is it really a lake?) at the Fleet Pond Society’s excellent blog and website).

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2 Responses to “Pond or lake?”

  1. Colin Gray Says:

    If you have a pond as old as Fleet Pond it is an artificially constructed pond. Back in mediaeval times a lake was only applied to a naturally formed body of water. We just complicate matters today by calling upgraded gravel pits and water-filled quarries “lakes”. I think your back garden pond is likely to be classed as a pond even if you could land an aircraft on it. I don’t advise trying by the way!

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