See what the world’s deepest and oldest lake in Siberia looks like when frozen solid; Maeve Heslin; Lonely Planet

Russia – Lake Baikal

In the far reaches of Eastern Siberia lies magical Lake Baikal, believed to be the world’s oldest and deepest lake. Formed as an ancient rift valley (where the Earth’s crust is slowly pulling apart) somewhere between 25 and 30 million years ago, the crescent-shaped Baikal is fed by 300 different rivers, and boasts an incredible 2000 km of shoreline.

A region of otherworldly beauty, from the lake’s shore, visitors are afforded fantastic views of its surrounding sweeping mountain ranges. At 1637 metres-deep, Baikal contains nearly one-fifth of the Earth’s unfrozen fresh water, and in most places that water is pure enough to drink. A true jewel in the Siberian crown, Lake Baikal was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996.

Moscow photographer Kristina Makeeva is a huge fan of this tranquil region, and in a beautiful body of photography called ‘Simple Magic Things’, she’s aimed to capture the magic of the ancient lake. Specifically, she photographs when the lake is frozen solid. In these pictures you can see bubbles, created when oxygen from the plants at the bottom of the lake freeze on the way up to the surface.

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