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Lake Baikal Trans-Siberian Railway (8) 2006

Lake Baikal, the Pearl of siberia, is the world's largest and oldest lake, holding 20% of the world's fresh water, and is home to many diverse fauna including the freshwater nerpa seal. It's in southern Siberia just 75 miles north of Mongolia and is near Irkutsk. Lake Baikal is estimated to be 25 million years old and is well oxygenated throughout its water column. An endemic species of omul or arctic cisco (Coregonus autumnalis migratorius), a tasty fish, exists here and buying smoked omul is one of the highlights of the Trans Siberian RR trip.
Lake Baikal boasts crystal clear water and is surrounded by mountains. Now a World Heritage site, Lake Baikal's beauty and ever changing cloud, sky, and water makes it impossible to truly capture the beauty of this body of water on digital or film.
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Lake Baikal.jpg
Lake Baikal.jpg
Smoked Omul snack 001.jpg
Smoked Omul snack 001.jpg
Omul 004.jpg
Omul 004.jpg
Lake Baikal at Dawn 007.jpg
Lake Baikal at Dawn 007.jpg
Lake Baikal ay Dawn 012.jpg
Lake Baikal ay Dawn 012.jpg
Lake Baikal 018.jpg
Lake Baikal 018.jpg
Riding the Locomotive 023b.jpg
Riding the Locomotive 023b.jpg
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lake Baikal 030.jpg
lake Baikal 030.jpg
Lake Baikal 036.jpg
Lake Baikal 036.jpg
Our train 042.jpg
Our train 042.jpg
Our train 045.jpg
Our train 045.jpg
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046b.jpg
Riding the Locomotive on Lake Baikal 048.jpg
Riding the Locomotive on Lake Baikal 048.jpg
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Lutz 064.jpg
Lutz 064.jpg
Diesel Locomotive 065.jpg
Diesel Locomotive 065.jpg
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066mly.jpg
Our train as seen from the ferry 069.jpg
Our train as seen from the ferry 069.jpg
Ludmilla of Listvyanka 076.jpg
Ludmilla of Listvyanka 076.jpg
Ludmilla's Grandchildren 078.jpg
Ludmilla's Grandchildren 078.jpg
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