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Ice-Covered Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia

53.1N 107.6E

May 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Lake Baikal is located in the southern part of eastern Siberia, within the republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk Oblast (province) of Russia. Despite the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, it still appears frozen solid.

It is the oldest existing freshwater lake on Earth (20–25 million years old), as well as the deepest continental body of water, having a maximum depth of 5,315 feet (1,620 metres).

Its area is some 12,200 square miles (31,500 square km), with a length of 395 miles (636 km) and an average width of 30 miles (48 km). It is also the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume.

Selenga Delta and Hamar-Daban Mountains on Southern Shores of Lake Baikal, Russia – November 15th, 2009

November 15th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Wispy clouds stretch across the central to southern part of Lake Baikal, in Russian Siberia. Framing the southern shore of the lake are the Hamar-Daban Mountains, which stretch for the distance of over 250 km. They receive the greatest amount of precipitation in the whole Baikal region.

Also of note along the shores of the lake is the Selenga Delta, surrounded by greenish waters. The Selenga River has a length of 992 km and carries 935 m³/s of water into Lake Baikal, comprising almost half of riverine inflow. The wide delta it forms has a surface area of 680 km².

South of the delta and the Hamar-Daban Range is Lake Gusinoye, meaning Goose Lake, a body of fresh water in the Russian republic Buryatia. It is located about 120 kilometers from Ulan Ude, the capital of Buryatia, and is close to the border with Mongolia.