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Sino-Russian team to check Baikal ecology
By Wang Ying (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-18 05:32

Senior experts from both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Russian Academy of Sciences will jointly launch a scientific investigation into the ecological environment of Russia's Lake Baikal region next month.

the Baikal Lake [Net/file]
The upcoming investigation, which will be conducted by 15 experts from CAS and seven researchers from the Siberia Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences from August 9 to 30, is the largest on-the-spot scientific activity ever held between the two neighbouring countries.

According to sources from CAS, the 22-day activity will collect information about the regional climate, forestry and the hydrobiology of the Baikal area.

Lake Baikal is located in the southern part of eastern Siberia. It is the oldest freshwater lake on earth, as well as the deepest continental body of water, having a maximum depth of 1,620 metres and an area of 31,500 square kilometres.

"It marks a major step in strengthening Sino-Russia ties in the sciences, and will serve as a platform for a long-term technology partnership between China and Russia," said Chen Zhu, vice-president of CAS, at a press conference in Tianjin in North China on Saturday.
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