Wednesday, April 22, 2009

LaKe Baikal

The world's largest fresh water lake, Lake Baikal in frigid Siberia, it has been discovered by American and Russian scientists that the temperature of the water is rising as a direct result of global warming. 

"Warming of this isolated but enormous lake is a clear signal that climate change has affected even the most remote corners of our planet," said Stephanie Hampton, an ecologist and deputy director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara,CA.

"The conclusions shown here for this enormous body of freshwater result from careful and repeated sampling over six decades," said Henry Gholz, program director for NCEAS at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funded the research.

Lake Baikal holds 20 percent of the world's freshwater, and it is large enough to hold all the water in the United States' Great Lakes. It is the world's deepest lake and also its oldest. At 25 million years old, it predates the emergence of humans. It contains 2500 plant and animal species, with many found nowhere else in the world, as reported by the the National Science Foundation.

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