St. Moritz Frozen Lake
This panorama was photographed in January 2013 near the St. Moritz Lake, Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. Image taken on the opposite bank to the village, which one can see in this picture. St. Moritz is located at 1856 m above sea level with a dry climate and effervescent, called climate of Champagne, with the sun shining on average 322 days per year. The "climate of Champagne" is drier and snow is more solid. So solid that the lake gets frozen, as can be seen in this image, allowing the realization of events, is the case Polo World Cup on Snow held here this lake.
St.Moritz (on wikipedia)
St.Moritz (on wikipedia)
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