[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.16) Lake Baikal – World’s largest freshwater lake by volume

29-07-2020

(WorldKings.org) Lake Baikal is a rift lake in Russia, located in southern Siberia. With 23,615.39 km3 of fresh water containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Lake Baikal as " World’s largest freshwater lake by volume".

Based on the world record nomination from Europe Records Institute (EURI)  and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/570/2020/No.26, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Lake Baikal is world’s largest freshwater lake by volume on July 29, 2020.

Lake Baikal is a rift lake in Russia, located in southern Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast.

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water. With 23,615.39 km3 of fresh water, it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined. 

With a maximum depth of 1,642 m, Baikal is the world's deepest lake. It is considered among the world's clearest lakes and is considered the world's oldest lake – at 25–30 million years, it is also the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area.

The mean temperature varies from a winter minimum of −19 °C (−2 °F) to a summer maximum of 14 °C (57 °F).

Like Lake Tanganyika, Lake Baikal was formed as an ancient rift valley, having the typical long, crescent shape with a surface area of 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi). Baikal is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the region. The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

According to en.wikipedia


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