RT recently produced a nice short clip about Lake Baikal and what makes it unique. In the video, correspondent Thabang Motsei travels over the ice by hovercraft, visits the Limnological Museum, and speaks to local people about the lake’s biodiversity, beauty, and place in culture and history.
Although Baikal is still frozen over (as is typical for this time of year), Siberia is experiencing abnormally high temperatures. The lake froze later than usual this winter, and this year’s April 1st was the hottest on record for several Siberian cities. The combination of high temperatures and low precipitation have caused the forest fire season to begin early.