Nothing can top the beauty of nature.
This is especially true for Russia’s Lake Baikal, the cleanest, oldest, and deepest lake in the world.
Five months a year, Lake Baikal freezes over, and produces the most beautiful, clear ice that you will ever see on a lake. The thickness of this ice reaches 70 cm, and it can tolerate a vehicle over 15 tons.
The ice is constantly cracking. The length of cracks can reach 10-30 km, and a width of 2-3 m. The cracks usually happen at the same areas of the lake each year. Because of the cracking, the fish in the lake don’t die from a lack of oxygen.
The bubbles you see in the ice in the photos below are developed from the gas methane that is produced by algae. Though it sounds unpleasant, the bubbles give the lake a very mystical effect.
Lake Baikal is absolutely breathtaking.
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