Friday, 13 April 2018

Lake Baikal

I'd love to do the Trans-Siberian to see some of the astonishing landscapes provided by the many mountains and lakes, like the Baikal  

Lake Baikal
This postcard was sent by Julia

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. - in:

Burkhan Cape - Lake Baikal
This postcard was sent by Haris

Burkhan Cape situated near the largest settlement of Olkhon Island is a trademark of Lake Baikal. Its pictures can be found in any photo album and any book about the Baikal. Initially the cape was called Shamanka or Shaman Rock. This name is not accidental: already in ancient times followers of shamanism considered the place holy. The cave of Shamanka saw many religious rites and sacrifices. Later on, when Buddhism spread among Buryat people, the cape came to be known as “Burkhan”, which means “God”, “Buddha”. - in:

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