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Press Release 08-072

Global Warming Affects World's Largest Freshwater Lake

Lake Baikal in Siberia had been thought resistant to climate change

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Photo of Shaman Rock on Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake.

This well-known landmark, Shaman Rock on Lake Baikal in Russia, stands guard over an ancient lake whose pristine condition is changing quickly.

Credit: Nicholas Rodenhouse


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Photo of winter ice on Lake Baikal, less frequent due to global warming.

Winter ice on Lake Baikal may soon be less frequent, a result of global warming.

Credit: Lyubov Izmest'eva


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Photo of the vessel "Mikhail Kozhov", which was used to conduct research on Lake Baikal.

The vessel, "Mikhail Kozhov," was used to conduct research on Lake Baikal.

Credit: Nick Rodenhouse


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