Wednesday 25 March 2015

Lake Baikal

Two postcards from Lake Baikal (near Irkutsk in Russia) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is an ancient rift valley, thought to be the oldest in the world.  It is the deepest in the world and because of that, it also contains the largest amount of freshwater in the world.  To give a comparison, it contains more water than all the Great Lakes combined.

It is because of its unique ecosystem that it has been declared a World Heritage Site.  It contains an exceptional diversity of flora and fauna, with many endangered (IUCN Red List) species.

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