these photos were taken during my journey to the biggest and deepest lake in the world:

lake baikal

lake baikal was formed during the late pleistocene as a product of the emergence of the himalaya. the lake consists of three basins which were connected over time. due to its origin a lot of minerals and deposits exist there.

the landscape is very diversified. steppe, thick forest, meadows and marshes alternate very quickly and in a day it is possible to cross the alpine, subalpine and tundra zone.

also the difference in climate in the baikal region varies. precipitation per year ranges from 187 mm (olkhon island) up to over 1300 mm at the south.

furthermore, from a geoecological view, lake baikal is unique as it is the only tectonic lake in the world with endemic species.


location: 51°29' - 55°46' n
103°43' - 109°56' e
length: 636 km
width: 25 - 80 km (av 48 km)
shoreline: 2000 km
depth: 1637 m (av 730 m)
area: 31,500 km²
volume: 23,000 km³ (1/5 of the planet's freshwater)
altitude: 456 m
islands: 30
tributaries: more than 500
drained: only by river angara
watershed area: 588,000 km²
species: 1550 animals, 1085 plants