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Lake Baikal, A Frozen Masterpiece That You Must See

Lake Baikal is an ancient rift lake in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia. It is the pride of Russia and the deepest and cleanest lake on the planet. It’s so massive, its known for holding 22% if the world’s fresh surface water. Lake Baikal is about 600km in length. The thickness of it reaches 1,5-2 meters. This ice can tolerate vehicles of about 15 tons, but sometimes cars don't have the best of luck, and fall through the cracks. The ice in Baikal is the most transparent in the world! The water in the lake is so clear, that you can see various objects on the depth of 40 meters. You can see everything from the bottom incluing fish, green stones, plants and bluish gulf.  

Lake Baikal is known for having a scenic hike for tourists in the summer but has frigid cold winters. When these harsh winters hit Lake Baikal, the methane and oxygen bubbles from the plants and algea freeze up momentarily, creating an incredible 3D model of the cosmos. The ice has different patterns in different parts of the lake. It happens because the water freezes layer by layer. At times the ice cracks, creating sounds of thunder or gun shots throughout the lake. However, this allows for the fish underneath to recieve the oxygen they had been lacking. 

Photographer Кристина Макеева  went to retrieve these magnificent dreamlike photos for us to be able to witness this amazing art by mother earth. 

Image Credits: Кристина Макеева  

03 Apr 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

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