Lake Baikal: The world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake, in pictures; Alex Wheeler; IB Times


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Russian Federation – Lake Baikal

Located in southern Siberia, Lake Baikal is so large it is often mistaken for the sea.

Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake, containing 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve.

Curving for nearly 400 miles, Lake Baikal is so large, it is often mistaken for the sea. Located in southern Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the north-west, and the Buryat Republic to the south-east, acting as a beautiful sight for travellers aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway. IBTimes UK presents of the most breathtaking photos of the crystal clear waters of Lake Baikal:

There are 27 islands in total across the lake, nearly all of which are uninhabited. The largest, Olkhon, which is 45 miles long, and the fourth largest lake-bound island in the world.

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