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If you are going to visit Lake Baikal in the Irkutsk region, you should definitely take part in the following trip – a train ride along the shore of Baikal on the historical part of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
The Circum-Baikal Railway was the most complex and expensive part of the Trans-Siberian Railway of the Russian Empire. Today, it has become a place for a unique guided tour. Photos by: Alexander Belenkiy.
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It took Stas Tolstnev more than two years to film this beautiful time-lapse video clip about Lake Baikal – the purest and deepest lake on our planet. Baikal looks especially wonderful in winter.
Baikal is a lake of tectonic origin located in the southern part of Eastern Siberia, the deepest lake in the world (1,642 meters) and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water (19%).
It is situated in the center of Asia, on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. The lake stretches from the southwest to the northeast for 620 km in the form of a giant crescent. The width of the lake is in the range of 24 to 79 km.
During freeze-up (usually from the beginning of January till early May) Lake Baikal freezes completely, except for a small area of 15-20 km length located in the source of the Angara River.
By the end of winter, ice thickness on the lake reaches 1 m, and in bays – 1.5-2 m. During severe frosts, cracks break ice on separate fields. The length of cracks is about 10-30 km, the width – 2-3 m.
Lake Baikal, located in Irkutsk region and Buryatia Republic, is known not only because it is the deepest lake in the world and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water, but also for its fantastically beautiful ice fields formed in winter time. The photos were taken by Anton Petrus.
Baikal is a lake of tectonic origin located in the southern part of Eastern Siberia (Irkutsk region and Buryat Republic). It is the deepest lake in the world (maximum depth – over 1600 meters) and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water.
The lake and coastal areas feature a unique variety of flora and fauna. Baikal is one of the most beautiful lakes in Russia. The photos were taken by Anna Anikina.
Because of the large size (more than 23 thousand square km), Baikal is often called the sea. The greatest depth of the lake is 1642 meters. Photos by Stepanov Slava
Peschanaya (Sandy) Bay is one of the most beautiful and well-known places on Baikal Lake. Unique taiga slopes with picturesque groups of rocks together with a clean sandy beach of semicircular form (length – 750 meters, width – 15-20 meters) are very picturesque.
The only way to reach this place is to go by water from Listvyanka or Irkutsk. In July and August, you can swim in the lake though the water is pretty cool (about plus 13 degrees Celsius). Peschanaya Bay on Google Maps. Photos by borh_84
Lake Baikal has many names in Russia: “The Holy Sea”, “The Great Lake”, “The Pearl of Siberia”, etc. But you can’t pick up a few words to reveal the essence of this unique creation of nature, this amazing corner of the Earth.
Baikal is the deepest lake in the world (1642 meters) and the largest reservoir of fresh water (more than 23,000 cubic km., or about 20% of world reserves).
Lake Baikal is the lake of tectonic origin located in the southern part of Eastern Siberia (Irkutsk oblast and Buryat Republic). It is the deepest lake on the planet, the largest natural fresh water reservoir. Photos by Petr Ushanov
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