The King of Iced Seas
I found these amazing panoramas at the 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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