The USGS Water Science School
Here is a happy picture of a happy lake surrounded by happy mountains at Interlaken, Switzerland. The U-shaped valley (looks likea smile, right?) between the mountains is a dead giveaway that tremendous glaciers once existed here and carved out the valley leading to the lake. This picture also shows how lakes serve many purposes. From the beginning of human times, people lived near water bodies for water supply and also to get rid of wastes. I'm sure the people living here in Interlaken would tell you that the lake adds to the aesthetic pleasure of life....as well as to the property values of those residents who live near the water.
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Credit: James' Switzerland blog