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Spirogyra in Lake Baikal: Environmental Emergency. First-Hand Information

Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the deepest and one of the oldest lakes in the world. The Russian Federation spends tens of millions of rubles a year to maintain the limnetic environment, so until recently Baikal was one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Nevertheless, now the lake is facing a real threat. It looks as huge piles of water grass rotting on the shore, the cemeteries of molluscs, and total death of sponges keeping the pristine purity of Baikal water Warning signs of...

Modified: 04.09.2014
ecology , Baikal , disaster , limnology , seaweed , cyanobacteria , Spirogyra , sponges , molluscs , water quality , phosphorus
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Gas Hydrates in a Freshwater "Ocean"

Lake Baikal is unique in many ways: it is the world deepest and one of the largest lakes, it is known for its pristine water, and it contains a unique endemic flora and fauna. But it is also the only place on Earth where gas hydrates occur in a freshwater environment. The reported results were obtained by the international team of scientists as part of the joint Belgian-Russian project supported by grants from INTAS, SB RAS, and RFBR (1998—2004). Project coordinators: Jan Klerkx (Tervuren, Belgium)...

Modified: 30.09.2004
methane , gas hydrates , water , Lake Baikal , volcanos , sediments , mud , water quality
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