I Walked on Frozen Baikal, The Deepest and Oldest Lake on Earth, to Capture Its Otherworldly Beauty

Jan 17, 2017

Kristina Makeeva

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I Walked on Frozen Baikal, The Deepest and Oldest Lake on Earth, to Capture Its Otherworldly Beauty

Jan 17, 2017

Kristina Makeeva

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Baikal is impressive. It’s the deepest and the cleanest lake on Earth. 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 3 days we were here.

Lake Baikal is about 600km in length. The thickness of it reaches 1,5-2 meters. This ice can tolerate the vehicle of about 15 tonnes, but sometimes we saw cars that had been fallen down. Ice has different patterns in different parts of the lake. It happens because water is freezing layer by layer. Especially it is very interesting to find a fish or a branch in the ice. The ice in Baikal is the most transparent in the world! And this is true. You can see everything till the bottom: fish, green stones, plants and bluish gulf. The water in the lake is so clear, that you can see various objects on the depth of 40 meters.

 

Baikal is also the deepest lake. The genesis and the age still provoke scientific arguments, so let’s just remember, that Baikal is the biggest reservoir of fresh water on Earth, and its depth is 1642 meters. Apart from Baikal, there are only two lakes that are deeper than 1000 meters: lake Tanganyika (1470 m) and Caspian Sea (1025 m).

In some parts ice is slippery like the mirror. You can shoot ideal reflections. A lot of travelers are moving about on skates, bicycles or sledge. Some of them are walking for several hundreds of kilometers and are sleeping in the tents on ice. Marvelous place. Very atmospheric.

Ice is cracking all the time. When the frost is very heavy, cracks divide ice on different areas. The length of these cracks is 10-30 km, and the width is 2-3 m. Cracks happen every year, approximately at the same areas of the lake. The are followed by a loud crack that reminds of thunder or gun shot. Thanks to the cracks, the fish in the lake don’t die from the lack of oxygen. Generally, ice of Baikal carries a lot of enigmas, the majority of formations provokes the interest of scientists.

Ice on Baikal is there till May. But in April no one drives on it. The bubbles in the ice are developed from the gas methane that is produced by algae. The only river in the world that flows from the lake is Angara that flows from Baikal. All other rivers flow into the lakes.

There is a legend that the Father of Baikal had 336 rivers – sons – and one daughter – Angara. All sons were flowing into Baikal to restock the water, but the daughter fell in love with Yenisei (one more river in Russia) and started to take everything from father’s water to her lover. In respond, the father Baikal threw a huge rock into his daughter and cursed her. This rock is called Shaman-Stone, and it is situated in the springhead of Angara and is considered to be it’s beginning. Baikal is the most beautiful place in the world.

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Kristina Makeeva is a photographer and engineering wiz based in Moscow, Russia. You can see more of Kristina’s work on her Instagram, Flickr and 500px, or reach out to her through Facebook or VK. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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7 responses to “I Walked on Frozen Baikal, The Deepest and Oldest Lake on Earth, to Capture Its Otherworldly Beauty”

  1. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    that’s absoutely beautiful!

  2. Johannes Keller Avatar
    Johannes Keller

    Tim Hasl Onur Kalkan Ti Her Murat Yildirim

    1. Johannes Keller Avatar
      Johannes Keller

      Onur Kalkan aber liegt jetzt Schnee drauf

  3. reginald Avatar
    reginald

    putin hides his secrets there?

  4. Robin Avatar
    Robin

    Super article, top photography

  5. lewisfrancis Avatar
    lewisfrancis

    Wow!

  6. den321 Avatar
    den321

    Kristina,

    Thanks for your lovely presentation of Lake Baikal. Though I’m a poor excuse for a Russian student, I’d like to help you to improve your English a bit with this:

    Baikal is impressive. It’s the deepest and cleanest lake on earth. While we were planning the trip, we had no idea it was so wonderful, majestic and fairy-like. We were so enraptured by its beauty that we almost didn’t sleep during our 3-day visit.

    Lake Baikal is about 600 km in length. Its thickness reaches 1.5 to 2 meters. Although the ice can tolerate a vehicle of up to 15 tons, we sometimes saw cars that had fallen through the ice. Ice has different patterns in different parts of the lake. This happens because the water is freezing layer by layer. It’s especially interesting to find a fish or a branch in the ice. (They say) the ice in Baikal is the most transparent in the world – and this is true! You can see objects, fish, green stones, plants, and bluish gulf???? all the way to the bottom, even as deep as 40 meters. Baikal is also the deepest lake. Given that Lake Baikal is the biggest reservoir of fresh water on earth with a depth of 1642 meters, its genesis and age provoke scientific arguments. Apart from Baikal, there are only two lakes that are deeper than 1000 meters: Lake Tanganyika (1470 m) and Caspian Sea (1025 m).

    In some places ice is slippery like the mirror. You can shoot ideal reflections. A lot of travelers are moving about on skates, bicycles or sledge. Some of them walk for several hundreds of kilometers and sleep in the tents on ice. Marvelous place. Very atmospheric.

    Ice is cracking all the time. When the frost is very heavy, cracks divide the ice in different areas. The length of these cracks is 10-30 km, and the width is 2-3 m. Cracks happen every year, approximately at the same locations of the lake. They are followed by a loud crack reminiscent of thunder or gun shot. Thanks to the cracks, the fish in the lake don’t die from the lack of oxygen. The ice of Baikal carries a lot of enigmas, with most formations inspiring the interest of scientists.

    Ice remains on Baikal until May. By April, no one drives on it. The bubbles in the ice are developed from the gas methane that is produced by algae. The outflow from Baikal is the River Angara. All other rivers flow into the lakes. (FYI, these are called tributaries.)

    In legend, the father of Baikal had 336 river sons and one river daughter – the Angara. The sons flowed into Baikal to restock the water, but the daughter fell in love with the Yenisei (one more river in Russia) and started to take everything from father’s water to her lover. In response, Father Baikal hit his daughter with a huge rock and cursed her. This rock is called Shaman-Stone, and it is situated at the springhead of the Angara and is considered to be it’s beginning. Baikal is the most beautiful place in the world.

    Fantastic photos BTW! Fsevo kharoshevo.