Friday, November 9, 2007

Deepest Lake in the World

Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.
The Committee inscribed Lake Baikal as the most outstanding example of a freshwater ecosystem on the basis of natrual criteria (vii), (viii), (ix) and (x). It is the oldest and deepest of the world´s lakes containing nearly 20% of the world´s unfrozen freshwater reserve. The lake contains an outstanding variety of endemic flora and fauna, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science. It is also surrounded by a system of protected areas that have high scenic and other natural values. The Committee took note of the confirmation of the revised boundaries of the site, which correspond to the core areas defined in the Baikal Law (excluding the five urban developed areas). It also noted that the special Lake Baikal Law is now in its second reading in the Duma. Finally, it noted concern over a number of integrity issues including pollution, which should be brought to the attention of the Russian authorities.

Materials provided: unesco.org

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Should have edited that article a bit better. Repeating yourself is a poor way to fill up space.

Ivica Miskovic said...

so, what you think that i could change in posting?

Anonymous said...

As previously stated, you repeated yourself. Also having the photos with the text means that there are about 2 - 3 words per line and looks terrible. put the photos after the text, or make a link to a slideshow of the pictures.

You should edit the article to something like the following (may I note, noone cares about the laws of the area):


Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.

The Committee inscribed Lake Baikal as the most outstanding example of a freshwater ecosystem on the basis of natrual criteria (vii), (viii), (ix) and (x).

It is also surrounded by a system of protected areas that have high scenic and other natural values. The Committee took note of the confirmation of the revised boundaries of the site, which correspond to the core areas defined in the Baikal Law (excluding the five urban developed areas). It also noted that the special Lake Baikal Law is now in its second reading in the Duma. Finally, it noted concern over a number of integrity issues including pollution, which should be brought to the attention of the Russian authorities.

Boxmonkey said...

Since this is worldwide , someone may care about the laws . Plus they [ the laws mentioned ] put pressure on Russia to take responsability .

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this Ivica, I think it's interesting.

Anonymous said...

they should use the lake to dump radioactive byproducts and mine tailings

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the article and think Anon. was being too nitpicky. I liked looking at the pictures between reading the facts about lake baikal. it is certainly a beautiful lake. hope to visit it some day.. being from the land of 10,000 here in minnesota. sorry anon., forgot to capitalize...