The Emerald Ice
One can only hope to visit Lake Baikal, a magnificent natural wonder of the world, at least once in a lifetime. It is situated in the southern region of eastern Siberia in Russia. In addition to being the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, with an estimated age of 20 to 25 million years, it is one of the world’s biggest and deepest, holding an incredible one-fifth of all the freshwater in the world.
The lake freezes over in the winter for about five months, from January to May, but the water is always so clear that you can see an amazing 130 feet below the surface. A spectacular natural event takes place in March, which is a very specific time of year.
Cracks and ice hummocks develop in the ice crust as a result of wind, temperature variations, frost, and sunlight. These masses of shattered ice appear to be glass shards rising into the sky because they are transparent and shimmer in a turquoise color. They are brought on by the uneven structure, slow and uneven pressure, and uneven temperature in the main structure of the packed ice. That definitely belongs on the bucket list!
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