Monday, 29 July 2013

Russia Lake Baikal

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Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake of fresh water; located in Siberia, the lake contains one-fifth of the fresh water on the planet. Some visitors travel to Lake Baikal Russia to say that they have visited the world’s oldest lake: Baikal is more than 25 million years old. Tours of Lake Baikal have grown in popularity since the lake was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, making it a favored destination among travelers to Siberia. For wildlife enthusiasts, these tours are especially interesting, as the lake is home to almost 2,000 species of plants and animals, many of which are not found in other areas of the world.


 

Many visitors know Lake Baikal from a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This railroad was built along the southwestern side of the lake, and this section is known for being an especially scenic portion of the 5,753-mile rail journey. To build this section of the railway, much construction had to be done along Lake Baikal Russia. Almost 200 bridges and more than 30 tunnels were required during the building of the railroad in the late nineteenth century. While this construction was being completed, a ferry was needed to transport cars across a section of the lake.

Travelers can still take a ride on this section of the Trans-Siberian railway en route to Vladivostok, but more organized tours of Lake Baikal are also available. Surrounded by mountains, and filled with lakes and rare wildlife, the highlight of a tour of the lake is the landscape itself. During a visit, travelers will learn about the importance of the lake for the survival of local people. Lake Baikal fish are often smoked and sold at markets throughout the neighboring region.



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