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World's Deepest Lake
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World's Deepest Lake
Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake, containing roughly 20% of the Earth's unfrozen surface fresh water. It is 1,642 meters deep, yet is experiencing a rapid climatic shift.


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Posted by nova on May 22, 2011
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Posted by Tibor on May 22, 2011 at 8:35 am
At more than 25 million years old, Baikal is also the world's oldest lake. Lake Baikal was formed as an ancient rift valley, having the typical long crescent shape with a surface area of 31,722 km2/12,248 sq mi, less than that of Lake Superior or Lake Victoria. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.It is also home to Buryat tribes who reside on the eastern side of Lake Baikal,rearing goats, camels, cattle and sheep.
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