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Fishermen on frozen Lake

£569.25 (including 15 % tax)

This image is of fishermen on frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia (5346N, 10819E). Latitude / Longtitude: (5346N, 10819E).

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Siberia’s Baikal Lake boasts three world records. It’s the deepest lake at 1,637 metres, has the largest amount of fresh water at 23,000 km3, which accounts for 20% of fresh water on the world’s surface; and it is also the oldest lake geologically. 636 km long and 80 km wide, it was created from a rift, or the opening of fault on the earth’s crust. The sediments accumulated at the bottom of the lake over the period of time are now 7 km thick. This rift continues to expand at the rate of 2 centimetres a year. Baikal Lake is also remarkable for its unique inhabitants. Of all 1200 species living in Baikal Lake, 60% only exist here, for example the world’s only freshwater seals and a large variety of fishes. One of the most notable fishes is the Omul (Coregonus autumnalis migratorius), a white fish species of the salmon family and also the only fish caught for commercial fishing here. However, the survival of this species is currently threatened and the fishing quota is dropping every year (2,100 tonnes in 2007 and an expected decrease to 1,800 tonnes in 2008) The paper-products manufacturing plant located near the lake during the 1950s is also a major cause of water pollution. Plants without waterwaster treatment systems as well as agricultural activities on the hills encircling the lake that spread to Mongolia all contribute to the pollution of the lake water.

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