Russia: Excursion to Lake Baikal

Apr 14 by

This past weekend, I went on an excursion to Lake Baikal, in Russia. A group of 10 students, including myself, went to a small town close to Irkutsk to see the deepest freshwater lake on Earth. Lake Baikal contains 20% of the world’s fresh water.

The town was very sweet, with an outdoor market. I bought a rice dish and some fish from the lake (amazing!!) for lunch, before we went up a hill on a chairlift to see the lake from up high. The next day, we went on these hovercraft boats onto the ice. We were hoping to go dog-sledding, but there was not enough snow due to the warmer temperatures this year, but we did get to see the dogs.
We also got to see some Nerpas, freshwater seals endemic to Lake Baikal.

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Mary '16

Mary Locke is a senior at Union College studying biology and Russian language.

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