actually my favorite thing about Baikal is the lake itself!
viewed from above, it looks like nothing particularly special. sure, it’s a big lake, but it doesn’t have the surface area of the Great Lakes or the Caspian Sea, right?
see, Lake Baikal really isn’t a lake at all, it’s a deep rent in the earth’s crust called a Rift Valley that just happened to get water in it. and the Baikal rift is one of the deepest and narrowest on earth, making this deceptively placid lake slightly over a MILE deep! that’s bonkers nutso.
like, you think the OCEAN is bad, just imagine being in a little fishing boat on this thing without realizing just how far away the bottom is….
Holy fucking shit
That bitch has a quarter of the fresh water in the entire world?!
I notice you never answered the crucial first question, OP. What lives in it? What lives down in that lake?
congrats, you lucked out this time! because it’s
that dwell in the depths
I love they!
#the more you know #geography #seals #adorable #(I don’t think that seal is *quite* my style but I see the appeal)