russia’s lake baikal, the world’s oldest, largest and deepest freshwater lake, freezes over for half the year, creating the clear, turquoise ice seen in these photos by (click pic) alexey kharitonov, alexey trofimov, santorifoto, valery chernodedov and dmitriy sharov. (see also: more russia and lake baikal posts)
Here, have some utterly fantastic beauty. Clearly we need it about now.
Fluorite - Dal’negorsk Tetyuche, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Apatite | ©Giazotto Mineral Collection
Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal.
White stalactites of Aragonite perched alongside green Fluorite!
Rogerley Mine, England
Rogerly Mine, England
Beryl var. Aquamarine with Albite; Skardu Road, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Nature; No Photoshop required.
1. Lenticular Clouds
2. Anvil Clouds
3. Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds
4. Fallstreak Hole
5. Mammatus Clouds
6. Polar Stratospheric Cloud
7. Roll Cloud
8. Undulatus Asperatus
9. Mammatus Clouds
10. Undulatus Asperatus
Beryl var. Aquamarine with Fluorite on Muscovite; Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas of Pakistan
The Willamette meteorite is the largest ever found in North America.
A settler named Ellis Hughes found the meteorite in Oregon in 1902 and moved the 15.5-ton iron rock to his own property.
Truncated octahedral crystals of pure gold.