Scientists to Explore Russia’s Lake Baikal
MOSCOW ~ Russian scientists have outlined plans for a submarine expedition this month that will for the first time probe the depths of Lake Baikal, a unique ecosystem and the deepest lake in the world.
The expedition is being organised by Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin member of parliament and an Arctic explorer who led the team of scientists that planted a flag at the bottom of the North Pole in August last year.
“It’s technically very complex,” Chilingarov told reporters in Moscow, explaining that the bottom of Lake Baikal at 1,600 meters has never been explored, with previous missions only going down hundreds of meters.
Scientists will collect samples at different depths and hope to document the effects of global warming on the lake, as well as drawing the attention of the Russian government to the need for greater environmental protection.
The mission to Lake Baikal – a UN World Heritage site – will begin on July 29 and will carry out dozens of dives by the Mir-1 and Mir-2 mini-submarines. The mission is being funded by environmental organisations.
Lake Baikal contains around a fifth of the world’s freshwater reserves.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment