Lake Baikal’s water in Siberia is clean and emerald green.
During winter, when the lake freezes, giant ice blocks called hummocks shimmer the deep green emerald color of the water below! And people gather to drum the ice!
We all know, Siberia is extreme cold. These temperatures are so low that Lake Baikal, situated in eastern Siberia and representing the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, and one of the largest and deepest, containing around one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, freezes over.
Giant ice blocks, also called ice hummocks, form through movement of ice flow, extreme winds and cold temperatures can reach a height of 15m (50ft).
When they catch the sun, these transparent masses of ice to glow emerald green which is the actual color of the water underneath.
Look at this piece of ice, it looks as if it has been carved by hand, rather than formed by the wind. Learn what is an icequake.
These majestic and beautiful transparent, turquoise masses of broken ice are caused by the unequal structure, temperature and pressure in the main body of the packed ice. A real miracle of nature!
To add a bit of magic to these pictures, listen to these ice drummers using these hummocks as musical instruments to create the coolest music in the world!