Lake Baikal, the world’s largest and the deepest (1,642 m (5,387 ft)), fresh water lake. in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, where the mean temperature varies from a winter minimum of −19 °C (−2 °F) to a summer maximum of 14 °C (57 °F). During winter the ice is up to 1.5 metres thick, allowing trucks and animals to cross safely, horseshoes are equipped with crampons which mark the ice with white marks. As temperatures change, these white lines which are cracks in the ice, produce loud, scary noises.
Below we present some works of Matthieu Paley, a National Geographic photographer, made during his winter stay on Lake Baikal. To see more of his remarkable projects from remote regions of the Earth visit his site: paleyphoto.photoshelter.com