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Papers and resources on giant ice rings

2020 - Media coverage of our paper in Limnology and Oceanography (2019, see below):
1). NASA Earth Observatory - Image of the day, 1 April 2020. "Baikal's Giant Ice Rings" by Adam Voiland.
2). LiveScience, 5 February 2020. What's causing mysterious 'ice rings' to form in the world's deepest lake? by Laura Geggel
3). IFL Science, 7 February 2020. The Mystery Of These Bizarre Ice Rings In Siberia Has Finally Been Solved by Rachael Funnel.
Thanks a lot for these three journalists for high-quality reporting, thorough approach and willingness to ask questions!

2020: Saving two private Hammers. A. Kouraev - Unofficial description on our field work in the region of the giant ice ring in February and March 2016. A good complement to better understand our 2019 paper.

2019: Giant ice rings on lakes and field observations of lens-like eddies in the Middle Baikal (2016-2017). Alexei V. Kouraev, Elena A. Zakharova, Frederique Remy, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Mikhail N. Shimaraev, Nicholas M. J. Hall, Roman E. Zdorovennov, Andrey Ya Suknev. Limnology and Oceanography, 1=2019, doi: 10.1002/lno.11338.
paper in pdf
paper in pdf on journal web site


2016: Giant ice rings on Lakes Baikal and Hovsgol: inventory, associated water structure and potential formation mechanism, Kouraev A.V., Zakharova E.A., Remy F., Kostianoy A.G., Shimaraev M.N., Hall N.M.J., Suknev A.Ya., Limnology and Oceanography 61, 2016, p. 1001-1014, doi: 10.1002/lno.10268
paper in pdf
paper in pdf on the journal's web site
Authors translation of the same article in Russian pdf


Booklet "Giant ice rings of lakes Baikal and Hovsgol in questions, answers and images" Version for printing out and folding in three, pdf in Russian and English


Leech Dina M. "Satellites and Sensors Tell us More about the Giant Ice Rings of Siberian Lakes", Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 2018, Vol 27 issue 4.


Rodionova N.V. Observation of ice rings on Lake Baikal using Sentinel-1, 2 images in spring 2016-2018 Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2019, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 213-221

A. Voiland "Baikal's Giant Ice Rings". NASA Earth Observatory, Image of the Day for January 30, 2020

Circles in thin ice, Lake Baikal, Russia. NASA Earth Observatory

Granin N.G., Mizandrontsev I.B., Kozlov V.V., Tsvetova E.A., Gnatovskii R.Yu., Blinov V.V., Aslamov I.A., Kucher K.M., Ivanov V.G., Zhdanov A.A. Natural ring structures on the Baikal ice cover: Analysis of experimental data and mathematical modeling. Russian Geology and Geophysics (2018), Vol 59, Issue 11, p. 1514-1525, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rgg.2018.10.011.

Granin N.G. Ringed Baikal //Science from first hands, 2009 (3)::22-23 (in Russian).

Granin N.G., Kozlov V.V., Tsvetova E.A., Gnatovskiy R.Yu. Field studies and some results of numerical modelling of ring structure of Lake Baikal ice //Proceedings of the Russian Academy of Sciences; 2015; 461(3):343-347 (In Russian).

Hsu, J. 2009. Mystery of giant ice circles resolved

Ice rings continue to appear on Lake Baikal ice. ScanEx web site, 21 May 2013.

Daily images of ice conditions, "Baikal center" (In Russian)

Ring structure on lake Baikal ice - manifestation of geological processes "Baikal Center" (In Russian)

Unique phenomena of Lake Baikal on satellite images, ScanEx web site, 20 July 2015