Monday, June 1, 2009

Lake Baikal Under Environmental Threat Due to Mining

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and it is also one of the most endangered. Mining companies are lobbying to be given the rights to harvest mineral resources of the lake environment. It's a tacky situation with both economic progress and environmental protection on the discussion table.

Apart from mining companies, there's also plans to construct a uranium enrichment facility beside the lake. Environmentalist Marina Rikhvanova has campaigned against it believing it is a potential threat to the lake environment, posing a future danger for both people and wildlife.

Lake Baikal is also known as the world's oldest lake and has been dubbed the Pearl of Siberia (although it's really shaped like a long sword). Speaking of pearls, scientists have long observed strange circular formations on the ice of the lake that measure kilometers across. The explanation for these geologic features may be viewed here.

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