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The two mini-subs, Mir-1 and Mir-2, that had spent the last two summers exploring Siberia's Lake Baikal, will return again this summer to the world's largest freshwater lake.

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Research History of Lake Baikal Gas Hydrates (Part 2)

The second technological expedition "Baikal Hydrates 2009" visited the lake on June 24-28, 2009. The expedition was headed by Gazprom VNIIGAZ deputy general directors Anatoly Alisov and Dmitry Lyugai.

The expedition was tasked with a wider range of assignments: continuing the research of sub-bed gas hydrates, started in 2008 by the first expedition, which used the Vereschagin research ship for sampling; implementation of the unique full-scale diving program using Mir deepwater manned vehicles for studying the hydrate field of the Malenky underwater volcano, lake bed morphology and sampling, experiments on modelling soil behaviour in deepwater conditions, with load impact from underwater pipelines.
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A strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred at 01:35:32 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, in the Lake Baikal region, 75 km South of Irkutsk, Russia, at a Depth of 16 km

Location 51.620N, 104.135E

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Russian scientists have begun a record-breaking attempt to dive to the bottom of the world's deepest body of fresh water, Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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Russia is to send two manned submarines to the bottom of the world's deepest lake to learn more about its unique ecosystem.

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A group of Chinese scientists have returned from an investigation at Russias Lake Baikal, which is the world's deepest and largest freshwater lake.
The scientists were taking part in the first joint investigation by Russia and China into the ecological environment of the lake.

The 20-day expedition lead by Sun Jiulin, undertook a wide range of scientific investigations. They included studies in the fields of zoology and the environment; forestry; hydrobiology; remote sensing and geographical investigation of the lake.

"We have accomplished the tasks of the scientific expedition as scheduled. More importantly, communication and understanding between researchers from the two countries have been strengthened. This will serve as a platform for a long-term scientific partnership between China and Russia" - Sun Jiulin.

Lake Baikal is located in the southern part of eastern Siberia. With an area of over 30,000 square kilometres, the lake harbours more species of plants and animals which are native to the lake, than any other lakes in the world.
Lake Baikal and the Siberian region were among the areas which experienced the largest climate changes in the late 20th century.

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