Turquoise Ice from Lake Baikal

April 8th, 2013 | Brain, Space









Lake Baikal, located in the heart of Siberia, is the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. For a short time in March, as the thick ice begins to melt, you can catch a glimpse of these incredible turquoise masses jutting out from the surface. Apparently, a combination of wind, temperature differences, frost and sun in the ice crust causes the ice hummocks to form.

Alexey Trofimov, who is responsible for several of the photos above, said that “The shooting is not easy, as Baikal is known for its unpredictability. It is especially dangerous shooting ice of Lake Baikal.”

The photos kind of remind me of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, maybe it was inspiration..?


If you are brave enough to venture to Lake Baikal and capture some of this majestic ice, head to the plains of southeastern Russia:


However, I would heed Trofimov’s warning.  Capturing photographs of melting ice is a dangerous proposition.

And here’s one last photo that I especially appreciate called “The Lake Baikal Nervous System”:

Lake Baikal - Nervous System

It’s reminiscent of this photograph by S. Louw for the Art of Neuroscience 2012 post.


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