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2008-09-09 15:10:00

Ecologists say the stark beauty of the world's deepest and oldest lake is under threat because it lies downstream from a rich source of zinc. Debate has ensued over the resource-rich nation, pitting industrialists and job-hungry officials in Siberia against ecologists and government agencies in Moscow. The Kholodninskoye deposit, which sits in a watershed flowing straight into Baikal, is the planet's third largest lead and zinc field, experts say. Zinc is used in the production of galvanized...

2008-08-12 03:00:39

BOLSHIYE KOTY, Russia - The world's oldest, deepest and biggest freshwater lake is growing warmer, dirtier and more crowded. Lyubov Izmestieva is charting these insidious changes. Marina Rikhvanova is fighting them. And the fate of one of the world's rarest ecosystems, a turquoise jewel set in the vast Siberian taiga, hangs in the balance. With more fresh water than the Great Lakes combined, and as home to 1,500 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, Baikal...

2008-07-30 03:00:29

Two Russian mini-submarines explored the depths of Siberia's Lake Baikal -- the world's deepest lake -- this week, scientists said. Mir 1 and Mir 2 reached depths of 5,184 feet and 5,223 feet, respectively, the Guardian reported Tuesday. The Russians initially said they had gone down 5,512 feet but issued a correction later, the British newspaper said. Back in the 1990s, another research expedition had measured its descent at 5,371 feet. We have gone to the depths of Lake Baikal to find...

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2008-07-29 13:35:00

Russian explorers reached the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia "” the world's deepest lake "” but said they fell short of breaking the record for the deepest freshwater dive. The Mir-1 submarine descended 1,580m (5,184ft) and not a record 1,680m as was earlier claimed, organizers said. The mission is part of a research project led by Artur Chilingarov, a scientist and Kremlin-backed member of parliament, to research and promote conservation of the lake. Lake Baikalwas declared a...

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2008-05-01 16:10:00

Russian and American scientists have discovered that the rising temperature of the world's largest lake, located in frigid Siberia, shows that this region is responding strongly to global warming.Drawing on 60 years of long-term studies of Russia's Lake Baikal, Stephanie Hampton, an ecologist and deputy director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Marianne Moore, a biologist at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., along with...

2006-04-26 04:35:11

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a giant new oil pipeline to be routed away from Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake and home to hundreds of unique species. He said the pipeline, which will link Siberian oil fields and the Pacific Coast, must skirt the catchment area of the lake, which is highly earthquake-prone and which scientists say would be permanently damaged if oil spilled from the pipeline.

2006-03-19 13:35:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) - French adventurer Nicolas Vanier drove his team of dogs on to Moscow's Red Square on Sunday at the end of an 5,000-mile odyssey through the world's biggest country. He said the hardest part was not the freezing Siberian wilderness, but early spring weather in the last few days, which melted the snow and forced him to fit wheels to his sled to reach Moscow. Vanier's journey, from Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia to Moscow, was the equivalent of traveling just under a quarter...

2006-01-26 07:14:16

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - A proposed Russian oil pipeline could cause permanent damage to the unique wildlife of Lake Baikal and must be stopped, scientists who conducted the state's assessment of the plan said on Thursday. The pipeline, due to run from Eastern Siberia to the Pacific coast, would hook round the northern end of Baikal -- the world's deepest lake and home to hundreds of endemic species including a rare fresh water seal. State monopoly Transneft says it...

2006-01-25 04:47:58

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A state-convened group of experts has rejected the proposed route for a key Russian oil pipeline to Asia because it would threaten Siberia's pristine Lake Baikal, ecological groups said late on Tuesday. WWF and Greenpeace said 40 of the 52 experts whose opinion was canvassed by the government's technical supervisory committee (Rostekhnadzor) said the pipeline went too close to Baikal, and must be moved outside its catchment zone. The decision could prove a blow for...


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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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