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Barguzin Nature Preserve by Lake Baikal, Russia

53.1N 107.6E

November 26th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Several snow-capped mountain ridges surround Lake Baikal, in Russian Siberia, in this image taken in early autumn.  Flanking the northwest shores of the lake are the mountains of the Baikal Range, whose highest peak reaches 2572 meters, while the southern shores are framed by the Hamar-Daban Mountains.

Along the northeastern shores is the Barguzin Range, who tallest summits reach 2840 meters. Located on the west slope of the range, including the northeast shores of Lake Baikal and a part of the lake itself, is the Barguzin Nature Reserve. The name of the preserve (and the range) comes from the Barguzin River.

The area of the reserve is 2,482 km² (992.8 square miles). It was created in 1916 to preserve and increase the numbers of Barguzin Sable (Martes zibellina). Mountainous and taiga landscapes are also being preserved.

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