In spring, Lake Baikal`s ice is growing up to several metres in the process of "torosy".
picture. In spring 2013 this phenomenon was unusual strong, it needs special circumstances in temperature change to reach such a thickness of ice.
These impressive pictures were made in May 2013. Thanks to my mother in law, Eleonora, who lives near Baikal in Severobaikalsk.
Lake Baikal in Russia starts freezing in late autumn but it usually takes till the middle of January till the ice shild is closed totally. Therefore it stays frozen till June and even at the beginning of July there can be some ice floating in the middle of the lake.
In May, when the air temperature goes up to 10 to 15 degrees, the snow is gone already. Lake Baikal is still covered with crystal-clear ice and the stony beaches are full of crushed ice, which the lake produces. While partly melting and freezing again, the ice expands and mounts up to several metres height. Impressive pictures:-)
The clear water of Lake Baikal builds shining ice crystals. Due to the tiny shrimps in the lake, the water of Baikal is very clean. So the ice of lake Baikal is extremely sustainable and therefore it can resist heavy loads already with low thickness. In winter it is used as alternative "road" to shorten the way to the towns and villages on the other shore.
But this doesn`t keep Sibirans from swimming in the lake. Some Russians celebrate The Baptism of the Lord`s holiday (Epiphany - 18. to 19. of January) swimming in the lake, after they freed some part of the lake from ice. The water with around 0° is relativly warm to an air temperature below -20°. (trying to get some pictures next winter:-)
More winter pictures from Lake Baikal, the deepest Lake in the World