The Oldest And Deepest Lake In The World
The huge and relatively isolated Lake Baikal is also the largest lake in the world by volume. It's exceptionally biodiverse, with more than 700 endemic species of animals, including the world's only true freshwater seal. Its flora and fauna are of special interest to evolutionary scientists hoping to study how life adapts to a specific location over time. Because of its specialized wildlife, it is also called the Galápagos of Russia.
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Key Facts In This Video
Lake Baikal is the world's oldest and deepest lake, as well as the largest lake by volume. (1:40)
Of the 2,600 forms of life that inhabit Lake Baikal, 1,500 of them are endemic. (2:45)
The waters of Lake Baikal reach a maximum temperature of around 4°C (39°F). (4:14)