9 Baikal: The Deepest Lake in the World Photos from Above

Baikal: The Deepest Lake in the World Photos from Above

Posted on January 6, 2015 by tim

Ok, first the facts: Lake Baikal is the deepest fresh water lake in the world (1,632m at deepest point), also the largest volume of fresh water is located in this water – like it totals at 20% of each Earth surface fresh water resources! This lake is long – it stretches for 640 km from one side to another, so it might be even called “a sea” rather than a lake. There are even seals in it, yes the unique fresh water seals! They also say it’s the world most ancient fresh water lake with more than half of the animals and plants around it unique only to this region.

And now the photos, one of my favorite bloggers, Slava, has visited this place and photographed it in his own style – from the helicopter!

So the Baikal lake is the deepest, but not the biggest: it’s surface is sixth among the world’s biggest lakes.

And amongst all its surface there are only six or seven islands. All except one are uninhabited. This is an Olkhon island – the only island on the Baikal where people live. It’s the biggest island too – it is 71 km long and 21 km wide.

This straight between this island and “the big land” is called “the Olkhon Gate”.

There are ferries coming back and forth. Today there are two of those and they go each one hour.

Olkhon island has different landscapes: sand dunes, forest hills, swamps and marble rocks.

A cape on the island is one kilometer long and 100 m high.

Those are marble rocks.

The Northernmost point of this island. It’s over 40 km to the other coast from here so you can’t see the coast except the days with crispy clear air.

And this hill is a top high point of the island its almost 1km high.

And near this cape there is a deepest point of the Baikal lake – 1642 m deep.

Village on the island. This is the biggest village here – over 1.3 thousand people live in the small town.

These days their main work is to serve the tourists coming here.


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9 Responses to “Baikal: The Deepest Lake in the World Photos from Above”

  1. Vijay says:

    Amazing pictures, lots of good efforts, thanks for sharing.

    Sincerely sorry that the rouble is down, I will pray for Russia and Russians.

  2. EW says:

    I think Those shipwerks hawe great potential to be a lovly diving attraction for tourists.

  3. Barrie D Davey says:

    Very nice photos this is better.

    The editor says there are only 6 or 7 islands, there are in fact 27 islands. Also the Editor also failed to mention there are more than 300 streams and rivers that flow into Lake Baikal, only one river flows out, the Angara. Lake Baikal experiences some real storms, the wave height of which that reaches up to 4-5 meters.

  4. Ron says:

    Just looking at it makes me thirsty.

  5. john says:

    Great photos, beautiful spot.

  6. Froggy says:

    Awesome photos !!

  7. Alain says:

    Beautiful Russia :)

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