Ask Baikal

Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia. Traveller, organiser of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody! Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

The King of Iced Seas

I found these amazing panoramas at theĀ  www.planetspics.ru and definitely wanted to share. The web-site is on Russian language, so I translated captions for pics. Enjoy!

Every year a solid ice cover binds waters of Lake Baikal. In this respect, Baikal is an exception among the larger lakes in the world. These panoramas were made by Andrey Kamenev at a -20C temperature

The temperature on Lake Baikal shores is higher than in neighboring cities – Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude. On average, it is-21C

From September to January, the water level lowers by 50 centimeters.

Ice thickness of 50 centimeters can withstand weight up to 15 tons, and about a meter thick – the weight of the helicopter

The water of Lake Baikal on the content of mineral substances is comparable to distilled water

Here under the 60-centimeter ice nearly 1,400 meters of water.

Russia learned about Lake Baikal in XVII century

After the thaw in March, a strong wind polishes the ice of Lake Baikal and makes it sparkling

In winter, there are ice caves formed in many places on the shores of the lake

Lake Baikal has been existing and evolving for more than 25 million years.

To be continued…

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