Kuril Lake Covered with Ice First Time in 10 Years

01.03.2016

In the Kronotsky Reserve in Kamchatka we can witness a unique phenomenon: Kuril Lake is completely frozen. Typically, this was prevented by the outputs of thermal waters and the impact of the Okhotsk Sea, but two-weeks of calm weather and twenty degrees of frost had done their work.

Kuril Lake Covered with Ice First Time in 10 Years

Reserve staff went approximately 18 kilometers on ice using snowshoe and noticed only one small wormwood, where ducks and swans were swimming. According to experts, a dense layer of ice does not threaten the inhabitants of the pond and will not affect the spawning sockeye salmon, which runs until the end of winter. Kuril Lake is the world's largest breeding ground of fish. In addition, there can be found chum, pink salmon, coho salmon, arctic char, and nine-three-spined stickleback, char.