Ice on the Caspian Sea – February 13th, 2009
The Caspian Sea, actually a lake, is the largest inland body of water in the world. It is divided into three distinct physical regions: Northern, Middle, and Southern Caspian.
The Northern Caspian region, in Kazakhstan, is visible here. It only includes the Caspian shelf, and accounts for less than one percent of the total water volume. It is also characterized as very shallow, with an average depth of only five to six meters.
The northern portion of the Caspian Sea typically freezes in the winter. Much ice, criss-crossed by fissures, can be seen here on the lake’s surface.