• Lake Baikal, in eastern Siberia, is no ordinary lake. Here are some interesting facts about it:
  • Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world with a maximum depth of 1,632m
  • It is also the world's largest volume of fresh water 23,000 cubic km.
  • This means that one-fifth of all the fresh water in the world is located here at Lake Baikal.
  • Lake Baikal is 640km long and judging by its dimensions only it would be more of a sea than a lake.
  • Baikal is also the world's most ancient freshwater lake, it originated 20-25 million years ago.
  • It is home to many unique species of animals and plants including the freshwater seal. 
  • Lake Baikal is one of the clearest and purest bodies of water. In a good day you could see 40 meters into the lake. 
  • Dimensions of Lake Baikal: It is 636 km long, 79 km wide. 
  • There are 27 islands in Lake Baikal, most of them being uninhabited. 
  • Baikal Lake’s coastline measures 2100 kilometers (around 1300 miles). 
  • More than 300 streams and rivers flow into Lake Baikal, but there is just one outlet, the Angara. 
  • The water in the lake creates a mild microclimate around its shores. 
  • More than half the species found in Lake Baikal are unique to this place.