Again a post about the deepest lake in the world – Baikal Lake. And now not about its steel garbage, but about its beauty and its mysteriousness.
But before some school info to help to understand the lake’s uniqueness. Baikal is the lake of a tectonic origin in the southern part of the Eastern Siberia. The maximal depth is 1 642 meters (about 5 400 feet).
About half a year the lake is icebound. In average the period of freeze-up lasts from 15 January till 1 May. Baikal is navigable only from June till September. The locals as well as many other Russian traditionally call it the Baikal Sea. And it’s not a mistake – Baikal deposits of fresh water are more than in the Great Lakes combined.
There are 336 rivers and streams (speaking only of permanent tributaries) flowing into Baikal and only one river having its source here – the Angara River. Despite rather often severe winters the source of this river has never been frozen. Temperature of water flowing out from the Baikal Lake is about +2 Celsius degrees all the year round.
The photos seem to reproduce some warmness of these places, but indeed they were taken at about -30 degrees and a strong cold wind – weather which forces you to feel the greatness of this place.