15 Nov 2019 | EXPEDITIONS

Baikal is impressive.

It is the deepest and cleanest lake on Earth, majestic and wonderful.
It is about 600 km long and the ice that covers it reaches a thickness of 1.5 or 2 meters, so you can go in cars of up to 15 tons. The ice shows different patterns in different parts of the lake due to the water freezing layer by layer. It is very interesting if you see fish or branches on the ice, which is extremely transparent. You can see up to 40 meters deep, thanks to the clarity of its waters.

Baikal is the largest freshwater reservoir on Earth

It has a depth of 1,642 meters. It is covered with ice until May, but in April no one drives on it anymore. In addition, the ice is constantly cracking and dividing into different zones. They can become cracks of up to 30 km with a width of 2 or 3 meters, and thanks to them the fish in the lake do not die due to lack of oxygen. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Lake Baikal is a lake of tectonic origin, located in the southern region of Siberia, Russia, between Irkutsk Oblast in the northwest and Buryatia in the southeast, near the city of Irkutsk. Its name derives from the Tartar Bai-Kul, “rich lake”. It is also known as the “Blue Eye of Siberia” or “The Pearl of Asia”.

This lake is part of the Yenisei-Angará-Lake Baikal-Selengá-Ider river system, which has a length of 5,539 km and is considered the fifth longest river in the world, after the Amazon, Nile, Yangtze and Mississippi-Missouri.

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