Tuva, Siberia, and Moscow - elkins
We drove 40 kilometers across the frozen surface of Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest (25 - 30 million years), deepest (three Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other would vanish without a trace), and largest lake (bigger than Belgium and containing 20% of the world's fresh water), to reach the ice camp where physicists' are trying to capture neutrinos from deep space.  We stayed with them on the frozen surface of the lake for a week.  The convulsive water beneath the surface causes the ice to break up into cracks and ridges. If the cracks are no more than two feet wide, then the driver speeds up to launch across them (we spun out a couple times and were certain the van would flip). If they're bigger, planks of wood stowed on top of the car are used as a makeshift bridge. March 2014.

We drove 40 kilometers across the frozen surface of Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest (25 - 30 million years), deepest (three Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other would vanish without a trace), and largest lake (bigger than Belgium and containing 20% of the world's fresh water), to reach the ice camp where physicists' are trying to capture neutrinos from deep space. We stayed with them on the frozen surface of the lake for a week. The convulsive water beneath the surface causes the ice to break up into cracks and ridges. If the cracks are no more than two feet wide, then the driver speeds up to launch across them (we spun out a couple times and were certain the van would flip). If they're bigger, planks of wood stowed on top of the car are used as a makeshift bridge. March 2014.