Lake Baikal is the world’s biggest (in terms of volume) lake! Its name actually translates as “the rich lake.” A highly biodiverse ecosystem, it is home to thousands of plant and animal species–including some really weird ones, like the Baikal oil fish–which disintegrates into a pool of oil and bones when exposed to sunlight! The area is heavily related to tourism in the region, and without it, that sector of the Russian Siberian economy would experience sharp decline.
Lake Baikal contains 20% of the world’s surface fresh water, and has an incredible amount of biodiversity. The lake has struggled with environmental hazards, but the government has stepped in to help keep it clean.
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