Lake Baikal in south-eastern Sibera is the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume.
This lake offers a stunning view of beauty. It is 25 million years old and 1,700 metres deep, making it the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.
Lake Baikal has become one of the most visited lakes in the world. Baikal is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which exist nowhere else in the world.
This lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and is also home to Buryat tribes who reside on the eastern side of the lake. Known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, its age and isolation have produced one of the world’s richest and most unusual freshwater faunas.
Photojournalist Anton Petrus captured a series of striking photos, which show hundreds of large cracks in the ice set against the rising sun making the scene appear magnificent.
On photographing the cracks in the lake the 30-year-old photojournalist said that
“Photographing cracks like these don’t seem real and seeing it was like seeing something from another world, it’s what keeps drawing me back in year after year.”
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