Lake Baikal, Russian Federation

Located in the wilderness in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, Lake Baikal holds two simultaneous world record for the deepest freshwater lake and the largest lake on the planet. The Lake Baikal has an area of ​​31.722 km2 with a depth of 1,642 m. This is the oldest freshwater lake in the world, launched more than 25-30 million years ago from a fracture of the crust.

Lake Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake in the world

Lake Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake in the world

Freshwater reserves here equivalent to 20% of the unfrozen fresh water in the world and 90% in Russia. In the case of all other sources of fresh water on Earth depleted, the water in Lake Baikal is enough for human use within 40 years. The uniqueness that only owns Lake Baikal is the ability to develop, expand "magic" of it. According to calculations of scientists, each year, Lake Baikal "extra large" about 2cm.

Crystal-clear water in Lake Baikal

Crystal-clear water in Lake Baikal

With more than 1 km depth, this is the deepest lake in the world with reserves of 23 billion m3 of water, more than all of the five great lakes system in North America. There are more than 300 tributaries flow into Lake Baikal, however only the Angara River flowing into the Arctic Ocean.

Unspoiled scenery of Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal's scenery remains unspoiled definition

Lake Baikal is rich in biodiversity. It hosts 1,085 species of plants and 1,550 species and varieties of animals. Special seals called Nerpa Baikal has become a symbol of the Baikal natural heritage.

Nerpa Baikal seal in Lake Baikal

Nerpa Baikal seal

Most visitors come to Lake Baikal in summer. In winter, all the water in Lake Baikal freezes bring tourists delight. They can participate in activities such as camping, biking, hiking ... on the ice. This is also a source of endless inspiration for the sculpture, the art of creating beautiful patterns on the ice.

Walking, riding a horse on Lake Baikal in winter

Walking, riding a horse or even driving on top of the ice is something normal on Lake Baikal in winter

Turquoise Ice of Baikal

This is the Turquoise Ice of Baikal

Baikal was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

Amazing Photos of Lake Baikal in Russia

Amazing Photos of Lake Baikal in Russia in Winter

Lake Baikal Basic Information

  • Country: Russian Federation
  • Address: Siberia
  • Language: Russian
  • Time Zone: UTC 7
  • Currency: Russian ruble
  • Weather:
  • Country Code: 7
  • Region: Europe

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