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Climate Change Threatens Lake Baikal's Unique Biota

May 1, 2009

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The diverse biota of Lake Baikal, the world's largest lake, will come under severe pressure as the climate becomes warmer and wetter, because the food web relies on a long period of ice cover to shelter microbes that generate the annual production of organic carbon. The lake's top predator is also vulnerable to a reduction in ice cover. Pollution and expected wind changes further threaten the lake's ecology. Full Story

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