The world beneath Baikal
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Word of poet
Lake Baikal's beauty is exceptional, and so is the beauty of the area surrounding it.
Scientists are still debating the lake's origin. Some are trying to prove that it emerged as a result of tectonic processes of orogenesis, while others consider it as having been formed as a result of the earth's crust gradually subsiding. So far nobody has been proved right.
|It would take all the rivers of the world - Volga, Don, Dneper and Yenisei, Ural and Ob, Ganges and Orinoko, Amazon and Thames, Seine and Oder - nearly one year to fill lake Baikal's basin. It would take four hundred years for all the rivers, streams and brooks now flowing into the Siberian lake-sea to perform the task.|
|The Baikal area is a veritable treasure trove of mineral resources. Sables thrive in the region's taiga; valuable fur animals live in the surrounding mountains and valleys; and birds and fish abound in the forests and rivers of the area. The nearby Dauro-Mongolian steppes are very fertile. There are hot springs in the vicinity of Lake Baikal, the water of which is of excellent quality. The lake acts as a powerful generator and biofilter producing this water.|
Compared to the surrounding area, winter is milder and summer cooler on Lake Baikal. The average air temperature is about -19 C in January and February and about +11 C in August. The surface-water temperature on the open part of the lake in August is +9 to 12 C, and near the shore it is sometimes as high as +20 C.
An ancient map of Baikal.
Lake Baikal usually freezes in January and the ice breaks in May. The ice is 70-115 cm. thick. The average annual precipitation in the middle and the north of Baikal is 200-350 mm.; it is 500-900 mm. in the south.
Currents-From local media and official sources
The Baikal Center for Ecological and Citizen Initiatives
Specialty Travel Index: Baikal Lake
Baikal Currents - Regional NGO's Projects
About Baikal in French
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