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What is a pond?


A pond is a body of water. There are many different kinds of ponds, some small and some very large. Roots can grow throughout the pond because it can be 12-15 feet deep near the center. The sun can warm up the pond top to bottom, so roots and plants can grow. Items on the surface like lily pads make shade to cool off the water. Light reaches the bottom of the pond and the spots that the lily pads and duckweed or other plants shade won't get much light. At night the pond, of course, cools off.

Characteristics of a Pond

1) A body of water that stays around long enough to create an ecosystem.

2) Roots can grow throughout a pond.

3) Sun can warm a pond top to bottom.

4) Many kinds of plants and animals can live in or on a pond.


A pond is a good place to find many living animals. You can find insects or plants in or out of the pond or around the pond in large groups. Birds and other animals visit the pond for rest and food. There may be fish if the pond is strong enough to last for awhile before becoming another landform like a meadow. Millions of microscopic life live in the pond supplying food for the larger animals. Every plant or animal, alive or not, is food for some hungry creature. Smaller animals or plants are eaten for food by the next larger animal or mammal. Once the largest animal is dead the smaller ones feed upon it. This process is called the food chain. Absolutely nothing is wasted in a pond by other creatures.

Places Ponds Are Found

All over the world

Antonelli Pond in California

Hampstead Pong in England

The pond by the Veterans Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan


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