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Aerial photograph of several lakes, interspersed with conifer forests and meadows, with tall mountains in the distance and clouds and blue sky overhead. The clouds are casting shadows over the forests and lakes.
Alpine lakes and forest, Denali National Park, Alaska

Alpine lakes are classified as lakes or reservoirs at high altitudes, usually starting around 5,000 feet (1524 metres) in elevation above sea level[1] or above the tree line.[2]

Alpine lakes are usually clearer than lakes at lower elevations due to the colder water, which decreases the speed and amount of algae and moss growth in the water. These lakes are often surrounded by varieties of pine trees, aspens, and other high-altitude trees.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Ward, Henry B.; Marsh, C. Dwight; Birge, E. A. (September 1904). "A Biological Reconnoissance of Some Elevated Lakes in the Sierras and the Rockies, with Reports on the Copepoda and on the Cladocera". Transactions of the American Microscopical Society. 25: 127. doi:10.2307/3220874. JSTOR 3220874.
  2. ^ Pérez, María Teresa; Sommaruga, Ruben (November 2006). "Differential effect of algal- and soil-derived dissolved organic matter on alpine lake bacterial community composition and activity". Limnology and Oceanography. 51 (6): 2527–2537. doi:10.4319/lo.2006.51.6.2527.