Hold on for some amazing images of the deepest lake in the world. As well as being the deepest it’s also the largest freshwater lake, containing 5,670 cubic miles of water.
This beautiful lake is called Lake Baikal and is located in Russia, in the southern parts of Siberia, the lake contains almost 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. The deepest part of the lake is 5,387 ft, and it is considered the cleanest and oldest lake on Eart at over 25 million years.
Lake Baikal is almost 373 miles long, and in the winter its icy surface can reach 60-80 inches thick. The ice on the surface is so thick that it can stand weights of up to 33,000lb, but sometimes it can crack in some areas depending on the ice movement.
The water freezes layer by layer, creating many different patterns that you can see in various parts of the lake. The ice itself is very transparent, and that’s why you can see everything in the water beneath it, like fish, plants, stones and many other wonderful things. The clearness of the water allows you to see objects down to about 130 ft below the surface.
Being a UNESCO world heritage site, the lake is a popular destination for explorers and photographers. Kristin Makeeva, a photographer from Russia, had the opportunity to visit this magnificent lake. She and her friends spent three days on the lake where she captured these breathtaking photos.
“When we were planning a trip, we didn’t even suspect it is so wonderful, majestic and fairy. We were raptured over its beauty so much, that we almost didn’t sleep all three days we were here.”, said Kristina on Bored Panda.
It is very hard to move around the Lake since most of its surface it`s very slippery. Therefore many travelers are moving around it with skates, on bicycles or sleds. Many of them travel hundreds of miles just to sleep on the lake in tents.
The ice on the lake is cracking all the time throughout the frozen season, the cracks usually happen in the same place each time. The cracks can be so big that they reach a length of 6-18 miles and width of 6-10 feet.
The cracks can divide the ice into separate areas when they appear they produce a massive sound like a gun shot or thunder. The cracks are excellent for the fish that live in the lake giving access to oxygen rich air.
The algae on the bottom of the lake produce methane gas that surfaces as bubbles which often get caught in the layers of ice creating some amazing effect.
In May the ice melts leaving the lake clear for the summer, people are warned not to go out on the lake from April.
Many rivers flow into the lake, but Angara River is the only one that flows from the Baikal Lake. Legend says that the father of Baikal had 336 sons – rivers and only one daughter – Angara.
The sons were flowing in to restock the water, but the Angara was in love with another river, Yenisei, and was taking everything from her father to him.
As a punishment, her father threw a huge rock at her and cursed her. That rock is visible in the springhead of Angara, and it’s called Shaman-Stone.
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