Lake Baikal

Siberian Federal District, Russia

Lake Baikal
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Lake Baikal is a rift lake in the south of Siberia, between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast. It is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.

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Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal Categories

  • Bodies of Water

    Lake Baikal was formed as an ancient rift valley, having the typical long crescent shape with a surface area of 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi).
  • Superlatives

    Lake Baikal is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area. With 23,615.39 cubic kilometres (5,700 cubic miles) of fresh water, it contains more water than that of all the Great Lakes combined.
  • World Heritage Site

    Lake Baikal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is the largest fresh water lake in the world.

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