Lake Baikal

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Lake Baikal is located in southern Siberia, Russia, and is an absolutely amazing place. It is considered the largest in several categories: with 636 km long and 80 km wide is the largest freshwater lake in Asia water; the world’s largest lake by volume of water; the deepest, with 1680 meters deep, and the oldest, with estimates indicate that originated there 25 million years.

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Proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Lake Baikal is also a rich habitat for biodiversity, with more than 1,000 plant species and 1550 animals, many possible to find only in this region. An example is the Nerpa, also known as seal-of-baikal or seal of Siberia to live exclusively in this lake, in a population of no more than sixty thousand animals.

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In recent years, marine pollution in Lake Baikal has been increasing a lot, with the waters to be achieved by huge pieces of plastic that severely restrict the area of biodiversity.

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In Russia, September 4 is reserved for the annual “Bailkal Day”, a party where the “good intentions and selfless actions” are celebrated.

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