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March 22nd, 2006

312 Cubic Inches of Pictures Posted

Posted by natdavauer in Around the World

I posted two new sets of photos on Vitreous Humor: Ulan Ude and Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is in Listvianka just north of Irkutsk. It holds twenty percent of the Earth’s fresh water and harbors more endemic species of plants and animals than any other lake in the world. Fed by 336 rivers and streams including the Angara, Barguzin, Selenga, Turka and Snezhnaya, the lake holds fifty species of fish including bullhead, sturgeon… oh who am I kidding, I just copied that from a web site. But it was quite impressive even for some one who lives on the Great Lakes. Which, by the way, have 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water; one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water. That’s 95 percent of the U.S. supply! Can you belive that if spread evenly across the continental U.S., the Great Lakes would submerge the country under about 9.5 feet of water. I’m not making this up! More than 94,000 square miles/244,000 square kilometres of water (larger than the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire combined, or about 23 percent of the province of Ontario). About 295,000 square miles/767,000 square kilometres in the watershed.

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  1. Mom said,
    on March 26th, 2006 at 11:33 am

    Hey…I am so loving all this commentary you’ve added to go w/photos.
    I think it’s about 3 adventurous souls & a dog (well, maybe the pouch isn’t on the actual journey…) who maybe really wanted to be on ‘The Amazing Race’ but the fact is, your own journey is so much more real & thought-provoking than the TV version. I wish you could all get credit for that!

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