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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.

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.