Baikal Lake

Baikal Lake is located in Siberia near the Mongolian border, and surrounded by mountains, forests and wild rivers. Baikal is a breathtaking area of physical beauty. Baikal holds twenty percent of the earth's fresh water and harbors more endemic species of plants and animals than any other lake in the world. Baikal is not only a lake, but something greater and deeper. Baikal is considered to be a future ocean; in several million years there will be a new great ocean all over Asia and Baikal is a starting point for this ocean. This remarkable lake is a one of Asia’s holy places. Peoples through over the centuries prayed to the lake and believed in its power. You can still see at the lake the unique carvings and parts of the ritual buildings of the tribes that gone thousands years ago. It's maximum depth is 1637 meters. It covers the area of 31500 sq. km and it has 27 islands.