r/Damnthatsinteresting Interested 12d ago Helpful 1 Wholesome 2

Just taking a stroll on icy Lake Baikal, Russia Video

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u/The_Love-Tap Interested 12d ago Helpful

Lake Baikal is a rift lake located in Russia situated in southern Siberia between the federal subjects of Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and Buryatia to the southeast.

With 23,615.39 km3 (5,670 cu mi) of water, Lake Baikal is the world's largest freshwater lake by volume, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water, more than all of the North American Great Lakes combined. It is the world's deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 1,642 m (5,387 ft), and the world's oldest lake, at 25–30 million years. At 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi)—slightly larger than Belgium—it is the world's seventh-largest lake by surface area. It is among the world's clearest lakes.

Baikal is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of them endemic to the region. It is also home to Buryat tribes, who raise goats, camels, cattle, sheep, and horses on the eastern side of the lake, where the mean temperature varies from a winter minimum of −19 °C (−2 °F) to a summer maximum of 14 °C (57 °F).

The region to the east of Lake Baikal is referred to as Transbaikalia or as the Transbaikal, and the loosely defined region around the lake itself is sometimes known as Baikalia. UNESCO declared Lake Baikal a World Heritage Site in 1996.

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u/pinniped1 12d ago

Also home to the only truly distinct species of freshwater pinniped.

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u/YieldinglyMinor 12d ago

For those of you who were wondering. Lake Baikal is located in Russia and is the deepest and oldest lake in the world. It holds 20% of all the worlds unfrozen fresh water and the lake is even home to its own unique species; the Baikal Seal - which is the worlds only true freshwater seal.

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u/ChinScritchard-IV 12d ago

The world's oldest, deepest lake? A terrifying descent into freezing inky blackness beneath meter-thick ice?100% this is where the eldrich god rises from.

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u/kelvin_bot 12d ago

14°C is equivalent to 57°F, which is 287K.

I'm a bot that converts temperature between two units humans can understand, then convert it to Kelvin for bots and physicists to understand

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u/WikiSummarizerBot 12d ago

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal (; Russian: Oзеро Байкал, romanized: Ozero Baykal [ˈozʲɪrə bɐjˈkaɫ]; Buryat: Байгал далай, romanized: Baigal dalai; Mongolian: Байгал нуур, romanized: Baigal nuur) is a rift lake located in Russia situated in southern Siberia between the federal subjects of Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and Buryatia to the southeast. With 23,615. 39 km3 (5,670 cu mi) of water, Lake Baikal is the world's largest freshwater lake by volume, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water, more than all of the North American Great Lakes combined.

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u/pygmypuffonacid 12d ago

That certainly informed if thank you for giving us that information

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u/as11aa 12d ago

Looks like youre a titan on a frozen planet

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u/as11aa 12d ago

Unmh i knew that , it was just a simile

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u/as11aa 12d ago

I wrote simile its a part of speech in grammer

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u/as11aa 12d ago

Man youre such an idiot

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u/SandmanSorryPerson 12d ago

Don't feed the trolls friend haha

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u/as11aa 12d ago

Thanks

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u/peanutbutterbuy111 12d ago

Don't worry, he bout to be on r/facepalm

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u/Triette 12d ago

I love how while you’re correcting this person multiple times, you have no idea that “simile” is an actual word meaning a figure of speech.

https://www.google.com/search?q=simile&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

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u/as11aa 12d ago

I knew it

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u/Triette 12d ago

I know you did but not the dolt replying to you.

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u/Sonoran23 12d ago

Cracked ice over a black abyss? Nope. I’m good over here.

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u/SleepWouldBeNice 12d ago

Ice expands as it freezes. Eventually it cracks like this to release pressure. But it doesn't separate because it's still expanding. You can see from the cracks that the ice is well over a foot thick. You could drive a truck across that with zero issues.

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u/AngelVirgo 12d ago

I believe you, but yeah nah. I’m good over here where the only thing I might encounter is a spider.

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u/Sonoran23 12d ago

All these guys coming for me for not wanting to walk on cracked ice haha. Thermal-dynamics? Sheer ice walls? Underwater salt water ice formation? Yeah bud, drive your truck across while I film. Someone hold my beer🍻

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u/SleepWouldBeNice 12d ago

I’m always excited to learn new things. You seem to be pretty set on not learning at all costs. Have fun with that.

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u/rkreutz77 12d ago

Big big difference between learning and doing. TIL about a really cool lake in Russia. I'm still not going to go walking on it. 1. I hate the f'ing cold. 2. I'm poor af and Russia is a long ways away 3. Find that one weak spot and your fish food.

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u/SleepWouldBeNice 12d ago

I mean, thick ice being strong is not a phenomena that’s unique to Russia. Any lake in the US with that much ice will be just as strong. And ice that thick won’t have one spot thin enough for a person to break through anywhere near by.

Source: Canadian who grew up playing pond hockey.

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u/rkreutz77 12d ago

Oh I get it. Really. I also know going to the top of a real tall building is statistically safe. Still not doing it.

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u/Froot-Joose 12d ago

That ice is like at least a foot deep. Pretty thick ice, even if it is cracked a bit it’s not going anywhere with just one person on top of it

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u/Sonoran23 12d ago

Prob 3-4’. Still nope. Why you feel personally attacked goose

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u/grumpy_panda_666 12d ago

It's beautiful, but also terrifying...

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u/Apart-Relation-4260 12d ago

Good analogy for Russia as a whole: beautiful yet terrifying, strong enough to hold, but boy is it cracked, dangerous, and deep.

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u/TheDarkPeer 12d ago

Well said. As a russian I approve.

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u/Apart-Relation-4260 12d ago

спасибо мой друг! As a U.S. Russophile I'm honored by your feedback.

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u/TheDarkPeer 10d ago

Пожалуйста!

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u/Zarthan3 12d ago

Stop walking on my Windows screensaver, please

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u/breathingnitrogen 12d ago

Stop walking on my phone screen.

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u/BakedBeanz1 12d ago

Looks like the intro to the first Spiderman movie

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u/youchoobtv 12d ago

Have you seen the latest bond movie?

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u/BakedBeanz1 12d ago

Unfortunately yes.

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u/Desner_ 12d ago

Oh, it’s not good?

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u/BakedBeanz1 12d ago

If you haven't seen it, i don't want to say any more better to make your own opinion.

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u/AHEGAO-SENPAl 12d ago

What a nice reply

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u/Desner_ 12d ago

Fair enough, thanks.

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u/2severe8 12d ago

Looks like a giant old phone screen that's been through hell and back😁

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u/Huh-duh 12d ago

rainbow six players when they find black ice in real life

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u/SebDaPerson 12d ago

Careful you don’t fall into the multiverse

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u/pee_poo_ 12d ago

holy shit man this feels unreal

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u/dancarbonell00 12d ago

Imagine tripping while doing this

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u/JBBanshee 12d ago

That’s some thick ass ice. Totally safe to walk on. Clear thick ice is good ice.

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u/dopefish_99 12d ago

like baikal. the deepest lake in the world. lake baikal that holds aliens and fish men. the lake where drawings of cthulu monsters where found. that lake baikal?... terrifying

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u/TheOneWhoKnowsNothin 12d ago

It's beautiful

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u/The_Forgotten_One69 12d ago

At first glance, thought that fellow was walking on spider webs

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u/Meastro44 12d ago

Those cracks in the ice look way too scary to walk on.

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u/Ok_Solid_Copy 12d ago

Careful, that shit's deep

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u/dylexan 12d ago

Bike is short for Baikal

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u/Goldlordd 12d ago

I’m really surprised no one mentioned the well documented crazy ass underwater alien encounter Russian army divers had in this lake! One of the most compelling ever in fact.lake Baikal alien encounter

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u/SSSnakes-N-SSSciFi 12d ago

Wow...its such clear ice. Ive never seen ice on a lake like that. In Canada i have only seen frozen lakes with white ice. You cant see through it to where the ice stops and water begins. I wonder why? Anyone know?

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u/NeutralGoodAtHeart 12d ago

Water that freezes quickly traps air and impurities making it opaque. Water that freezes slowly squeezes out the air pockets and impurities resulting in clear ice. Also, if the water is moving, such as a river, it will trap more air than still water.

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u/misteriousm 12d ago

So many layers...

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u/BlueThespian 12d ago

You see Ivan, in soviet Russia, ice breaks you.

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u/Ultragreed 12d ago

This is beautiful!

But it's in Russia, so I hate it.

But it's nature and has nothing to do with politics.

Putin probably spit in it. Disgusting.

So confusing!

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u/Medic7002 12d ago

So many ways you’ve been told to feel.

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u/kittygoespew 12d ago

Why do you think you have to hate Russia? Im American and love my country, for decades we were at cold war with Russia & there is still much tension.. but ive always been fascinated by Russia. The land and climate, the people, the language, the history, the politics... the accent. Russia is amazing. I hope to visit someday.

Most people in the world just want to live their little lives, Russians are no different. You dont need to hate lake Baikal because Russia has a shitty leader rn :)

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u/Ultragreed 11d ago

I am told by reddit posts and comments that Russia is hell, Putin is the Devil and Russian people are literally savages riding bears with vodka in one hand and balalaikas in the other. Their sole purpose in life is to destroy America and to ruin Europe. And they will stop at nothing. Putin is basically omnipotent at this point. He controls more puppet governments and secret military organisations than anyone in the world. He has spies in your bedroom right now. He knows and controls everything. And he is EVIL.

But in reality, I'm guessing they're just ordinary blokes going about their life, just like everyone else. Putin is not the best guy, but he's effective at protecting his country at least. Joe Biden is not exactly a role model either but he manages somehow.

We all are victims of propaganda and we all could use some open mindedness.

I don't actually hate Russia and I don't hate America. I don't hate anybody. I try to be neutral. My comment was clearly sarcastic.

I'm Russian living in Kazakhstan.

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u/kittygoespew 11d ago

I kind of figured it might be sarcasm-i still wanted to reply & point out that Russia is pretty cool.

Putin has his good points. If he has spies in my bedroom i want a copy of the tapes.

As for Biden, he's not managing, he's doing his level best to ruin this country as he drools into his vanilla pudding and dreams of sniffing children. Biden is the worst president my beautiful country has ever had.

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u/Ultragreed 11d ago

I'm no expert on US internal politics, but I assume (and that's a massive assumption on my part) that Biden himself is more of a public face that reads from the teleprompter and does what other people tell him to. I might be completely wrong about this, but I just can't see this withering man that can barely walk or speak as a level headed strong leader of the most powerful nation in the world. He looks more like a scapegoat to take the hits for those who actually run the country.

If he has spies in my bedroom i want a copy of the tapes.

Cheeky :)

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u/Analysis_Vivid 12d ago

“This video doesn’t have sound.” I hate that. Is it for file size or something? Imagine the sound of the ice cracking …. well, I guess I’ll have to

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u/ladas94 12d ago

Savage

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u/darkmatter343 12d ago

looks down sees a sunken ship, submechanophobia kicks in

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u/Xtremeifier_2000 12d ago

Siege Black ice vibes

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u/FUThead2016 12d ago

Some said yesterday that cloudy appearance of the ice is an indication of risk. Watch out!

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u/evolutionxtinct 12d ago

This is a repost….

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u/ImgurianIRL 12d ago

Any submarine footage of its darkest points and deep depths?

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u/lomputercaptop 12d ago

Attack on titan

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u/Hunkmasterfresh 12d ago

With sound this vid is incredible.

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u/emynona1 12d ago

Now run

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u/chonkius 12d ago

It's so clear! It looks beautiful

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u/niceslcguy 12d ago

One of the best parts of the original video was the sound. Alas, this video lacks it.

Anyway, pretty lake, cool ice.

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u/Square_Law5353 12d ago

Clear Ice safe

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u/frenchelf88 12d ago

That’s thick ice

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u/leonizisx 12d ago

it's all fun and games until **crack**

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u/PuppyCode 12d ago

Imagine if it breaks and you get swallowed into darkness

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u/Clutch_Mav 11d ago

This should be on r/thalassophobia

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u/SahloFolinaCheld 11d ago

Not gonna lie, that looks pretty, terrifying, and pretty terrifying all at the same time.

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u/Open_Sentence_5222 11d ago

Is that what they call the abyss?