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What lies beneath the ice of Lake Baikal surpasses all imagination

Baikal, the largest freshwater reservoir on the planet, is aptly nicknamed the “Pearl of Siberia“, so it is not surprising that images worldwide are willing to brave harsh conditions to capture the magic lake.

The same happened in the case of Andrey Nekrasov, a talented photographer from Odessa, who wanted to capture the turquoise ice from another perspective, the underwater. The result is truly remarkable, images are magnificent.

English: Lake Baikal in Springtime (Listvyanka) Deutsch: Baikalsee im Frühling (Listwjanka) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The photos were made ​​this year, on April 27, when they were 20 degrees apart, says English Russia , which has reported several of these images.

Lake Baikal has 23 thousand cubic kilometers of water and is the deepest lake in the world with 1637 meters. But these features have made him one of the fascinating places on the planet.

Fascinating is turquoise ice, which is laid as the eye can see. The phenomenon is a reflection of sunlight, which in this unique place on the planet creates a surreal effect.

Besides being recognized as the place where shamans gather and legends circulating on the account to make the Lake Baikal an irresistible attraction for lovers of thrills. In 1996 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lake Baikal – UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, its age …

Olhon Island, the largest of the Baikal, it attracts tourists, although it’s not really a cinch to get there. From Irkutsk to the island are almost 400 kilometers. After about 170 km of asphalt, start a rustic road and easily accessible.

Locals say that shamans prohibit asphalting, because there is the belief that once paved road, shamans dead souls could no longer reach the lake to drink.

Legends of the deepest lake in the world still retain the days of Genghis Khan, and people do not deviate from them because “the fierce snake” do not get angry. Because of the depth, the lake can suddenly appear huge waves that can kill even the most experienced fishermen.

Wildfires threaten Russia’s unique Lake Baikal
Critics have blamed authorities’ slow response for allowing the blazes to get out of hand, quadrupling in size on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal in the last month and forcing locals to shelter from the toxic chemicals released into the air. Formed


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Originally posted 2015-09-02 19:01:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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