During the sixteenth and seventeenth century, when the Russians crossed into the far eastern and northern parts of the Russian landmass, what lay under the icy robes of the
winter sky and beyond the vast snow cloaked terrains of what is today called the Russian Far East was but little understood in the Russian royal chambers. Even when they did acquire the political reigns of the region, the very existence and the uniqueness of some of the regions’ most outstanding features; such as Lake Baikal and the region of Sakha, was overlooked by them. In the former’s case, history remains unchanged to this date as scientists have tried to comprehend the biological features of the Lake, but in vain. Lake Baikal dates back to more than 25 million years in history; while most lakes have a life of a million years before they are filled up with sediments. Being the oldest lake in the world, it is consequently home to some of the oldest evolved species of flora and fauna. Majority of the more than twenty five hundred species of plants and animals found in the Lake are unique to Baikal alone and are not to be found anywhere else in the world.
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