The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...


These two lakes have two completely different fates. One of them is situated in Asia, in Eastern Siberia, the other in the South-East part of the African continent. Baikal and Tanganyika “compete” with each other in many morphological indicators: size, water volume, length of the coastline, depth, and others. However, the main difference is the fact that Baikal water is suitable for drinking, while the water of Tanganyika is not suitable for drinking at all. We decided to graphically compare the most important indicators of these two oldest lakes.

The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...
The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...
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The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...

Academician Okladnikov believed that the name of the Kika River (with the emphasis on the second syllable) was derived from the Turkic “green river”. This is the name of one of 336 rivers flowing into Lake Baikal.

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The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...

Why should one remember about an ordinary hare - the animal with the nickname “squint-eye” that is considered a coward?

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The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...

A specially protected natural monument of regional significance – “Anglichanka” Rock – is situat-ed in Selenginsky district of Buryatia. Now it is known as an observation deck with a picturesque view of the Selenga and Spassky Cathedral dated by the 18th century. However, in 1818-1841, Protestant preachers lived here. Key to Baikal explored how the life of the missionaries was con-nected with the rock, what kind of girl was wandering around it and what the London missionary society had to do with it.

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The Sister of Baikal: Comparing Baikal with Another Great Lake...

The name of the valley originated from local “Bargut” which means “outskirts, wilderness”. It was a name of Mongolian tribe that used to inhabit the valley.