Mongolia's dark blue pearl
Appeared in DIVER March 2009
Mongolia - not your first thought for a diving holiday, nor your second. But Steven Schwankert's team was in a high-altitude lake to notch up a string of firsts - and to track down the 'underwater deer'. Photos by Marcel-Kurt Moser
Eight burbot crowd beneath a sunken tree trunk.
Two divers approach a submerged tree trunk. These play the role of a coral reef in protecting and nesting life in Lake Khovsgol.
A local totem.
Algae balls grow on blades of underwater grass. The lake's underwater landscape in many ways mirrors Mongolia's above-water grasslands.
Lichens and algae slowly infest a sunken log.