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IFLS: Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia is the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, and one of the largest and deepest, containing around one-fifth of the world's freshwater. In winter, it freezes over, and these beautiful transparent, turquoise masses of broken ice appeared in March 2013, caused by the unequal structure, temperature and pressure in the main body of the packed ice.
“In March, due to a natural phenomenon Siberia’s Lake Baikal is particularly amazing to photograph. The temperature, wind and sun cause the ice crust to crack and form beautiful turquoise blocks or ice hummocks on the lake’s surface.” Photograph by Alex El Barto.
Picture yourself gliding over crystal clear Arctic rivers on a raft made of frozen Lake Baikal water.