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Climate Change Threatens Lake Baikal's Unique Biota
May 1, 2009
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.
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