maanantai 24. maaliskuuta 2014

Baikal - Pearl of Siberia

Lake Baikal and Sagan-Zaba Rock
Maria lives near Lake Baikal in Angarsk city, in the middle of Russia. She sent this postcard of beautiful, wintry and icy Baikal. 

Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.

Sagan-Zaba -  from the language of local aborigens it means White Rock and it was a sacred place for the ceremonies of local shamans.  This place is famous for it's unique ancient rock-drawings, best in the whole Baikal region and majestic white marble cliffs which gather around this bay

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