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2014-03-21 16:21:29

This World Water Day, Wellesley scientists find that the teeth of the nerpa seal may hold the strongest evidence of the effects of decades of environmental pollution, nuclear testing, and climate change on Lake Baikal--the deepest, oldest, and most bio-diverse lake in the world. WELLESLEY, Mass., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- March 21 marks World Water Day--and a fitting time to consider one of the most unique mammals in the Earth's waters. The nerpa, also known as the...

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2011-02-18 09:58:25

Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest, deepest, and largest freshwater lake, has provided scientists with insight into the ways that climate change affects water temperature, which in turn affects life in the lake. The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE on Feb. 16. "Lake Baikal has the greatest biodiversity of any lake in the world," explained co-author Stephanie Hampton, deputy director of UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS). "And,...

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2010-07-09 14:10:20

The captain of one of two Russian-owned submarines said that the vessels would be able to cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The captain was speaking as two of the subs started a campaign of exploration at the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia. He said that there was still time for the subs to help BP with the environmental disaster. The subs are searching for gas hydrates on the bed of Baikal.  Hydrates are a potential alternative fuel source. Yevgenii Chernyaev told BBC News...

2010-03-10 01:00:00

--Two runners traverse 400-mile lake to promote water conservation-- BETHESDA, MD, March 10 /PRNewswire/ - Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it is providing world-renowned adventurer Ray Zahab's "Siberian Express for Water" expedition with Inmarsat BGAN mobile broadband satellite service. Zahab and colleague Kevin Vallely are running the 400-mile (650 km) length of Siberia's frozen Lake...

2010-02-15 13:11:00

STATE-OF-THE-ART COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO BE PART OF THE ADVENTURE OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Their lives exist around doing what seems impossible to others. Now, world record holding adventurers Ray Zahab of Chelsea, Quebec and Kevin Vallely of North Vancouver, B.C. are about to do it again. Beginning March 1st, the two men will attempt to run the 650-kilometer length of Siberia's frozen Lake Baikal in 10 days or less. They will run 60 to 70 kilometers...

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2010-01-20 07:56:49

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has issued a decree to reopen the controversial Baikal pulp and paper mill, which has worried environmentalists for 25 years. Putin's decree, signed on January 13 but made public on Monday, reverses an earlier ban on the production of cellulose paper and storage of waste around Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake. Greenpeace said it was deeply concerned by the plans and that it would ask Medvedev to overturn Putin's decision. Roman...

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2009-05-03 08:22:11

Endemic diatoms at the base of the lake's food chain depend on disappearing ice Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically diverse lake, faces the prospect of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint US-Russian team in the May issue of BioScience. The lake is considered a treasure trove for biologists and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because a high proportion of its rich fauna and flora are found...

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2009-02-12 09:03:11

New research helps us understand the incredible forces and oil and gas reserves that lie hidden beneath the Earth's surface It was the geological collision between India and Asia millions of years ago that created one of the world's most distinctive places: The area around Lake Baikal in Siberia, which contains 20 percent of the world's fresh water reserves and a unique display of plant- and wildlife. That is the conclusion reached by two Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen,...

2008-09-29 09:00:28

Text of report by state-owned Russian television channel Rossiya on 29 September [Presenter] The main polluter of [Lake] Baykal, the [Baykal] Pulp and Paper Mill will no longer discharge industrial effluent into the lake. From today, the business will switch to a closed water circulation [system]. Almost R300m [approximately 12 m dollars at current exchange rate] has been spent on its construction. Another R500,000 [20,000 dollars] has been invested in the construction of treatment...

2008-09-16 09:00:44

IRKUTSK. Sept 10 (Interfax) - The Irkutsk Oil Company may increase oil supplies to the East Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline planned as of 2012 to 2.5 million tonnes a year, which is twice as much as previously agreed, company CEO Marina Sedykh told Interfax in the wings of the 5th Baikal Economic Forum. The increase is facilitated by the boost in oil reserves at the company's fields, she said. For instance, this year it has added 31 million tonnes of oil of C1+C2 categories to its...


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Baikal Seal
2013-05-01 12:55:55

The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica), also known as the nerpa or the Lake Baikal seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family that is native to Lake Baikal located in Siberia. This species is one of three seals that reside solely in fresh water areas. It is not known exactly how these seals came to inhabit such an isolated area, but some experts assert that a sea-passage was formed that linked the Arctic Ocean and Lake Baikal. The Baikal seal is one of the smallest of all true seal species,...

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