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The Baikal and Barguzin Ranges Around the Northern End of Lake Baikal, Russia – November 3rd, 2009

55.7N 109.5E

November 3rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Russia - October 5th, 2009

The northern end of Lake Baikal in southern Siberia, Russia, is surrounded by the Baikal Mountains to the west and north and the Barguzin Range to the east. In this image, taken in early autumn, the mountains are capped with snow although the lake is not yet frozen over.

The Baikal Mountains or Baikal Range rise steeply over the northwestern shore of Lake Baikal. Their highest peak is Chersky Mountain at 2572 m. The Baikal Mountains, along with the Eastern Sayan Mountains, provide the southern boundary of the Central Siberian Plateau.

The Barguzin Range has a length of 280 km, and heights of up to 2,840 m. It is mostly covered by larch taiga. The range bounds the Barguzin Valley from the northwest. A part of the Barguzin Preserve is located on the Western slopes of the range.

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