Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. I am not the one that is being degraded on account of this treatment, but those who are infliciting it upon me. - Frederick Douglass

Lake Baikal

The following is a list of sites describing Lake Baikal and the area surrounding it. Located on the border of the Republic of Buryatia and Irkutskaya Oblast in Siberia, this is not only the deepest lake in the world and the eighth largest in surface area but also, one of the most fascinating.

With an average depth of 730 meters (803 yards or 2,709 feet), the deepest portion reaches 1637 meters (1801 yards or 5,402 feet) making the volume of the lake more than all five Great Lakes in North America combined (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario) and it holds almost one-fifth of the world's fresh water. Made up of a diverse plant and animal life (1550 species and varieties of animals and 1085 species of plant organisms that are known), and breathtaking views, it is truly an astonishingly beautiful part of the world.

We hope this list will continue to grow as more communities become represented on the World Wide Web so please be sure to let us know if you are aware of any other sites.

  • Baikal *

    Information, history and photos about the lake. (Russian version)

  • Baikal - The Pearl of Siberia *

    The Russian National Tourist Office's has provided the site on this national park.

  • Baikal Homepage *

    This site contains information, photos, statistics and more about the region and the deepest lake in the world.

  • Baikal Lake Site *

    Wonderful photos of the lake (especially sunsets!) along with information, a fascinating FAQ and maps are presented on this site.

  • Baikal Watch *

    Ecological information about of Lake Baikal and study tour information on their 1999 trip to the Lake. Photos of this region are included.

  • Country Profile - Republic of Buryitia *

    This site has a large amount of interesting information on the republic, the city of Ulan Ude, and the Lake Baikal area.

  • Discover your Siberia *

    Jack will assist you in your visit to the beautiful Lake Baikal and Irkutsk. Not only that, his website has intersting pictures and stories of previous tours of the area.

  • Lake Baikal *

    This site is in Russian only.

  • Lake Baikal Guidebook - Buryatia Republic *

    Information and fabulous photos about this Republic (including the city of Ulan Ude) that borders Lake Baikal.

  • Lake Baikal Homepage *

    This US mirrored site of the Baikal Homepage differs a little from the Russian site.

  • Road Stories: Irkutsk and Lake Baikal *

    Travelers' chronicles and photos of their visit to the this region.

  • UNESCO - Lake Baikal *

    A description and photos of this World Heritage site.

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