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Outline of the Lake Baikal

LIU Chuang1SHI Ruixiang1CHEN Lijun2
1 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100101,China2 National Geomatics Center of China,Beijing 100830,China


Published:Jul. 2016

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Key Words:

Lake Baikal,Russia,Siberia,UNESCO World Heritages Site,Data Encyclopedia


The Lake Baikal is located at the southeast of Siberia of Russia, Irkutsk Oblast, between 51。27′14″N - 55。50′54″N; 103。41′36″E - 109。57′56″E. The lake is 650km long and more than 70km wide. The area of the lake is 32,170.03 km2. The shore length is 2677.84km. The most depth of the lake can be reached 1642m, which is -1186m above sea level. Three parts of the bottom of the lake can be divided, northern part of the lake is 900 meters depth in average, 1600 m in middle and 1400 m in southern part. Hundreds of in flowing rivers feed the lake, including the Selenga River, Barguzin River, Upper Angara River, Turka River, Sarma River and the Snezhnaya River, and only one out flowing river to make the lake water balance, it is the Angara River, which is a breach of Yenisei River. There are 98 islands and shoals, in which, the biggest one is the Olkhon Island, which is one of the most tourist attracted places in Siberia, The Lake of Baikal was on the list of the UNESCO World Heritages sites in 1996. The dataset is developed based on Google earth images, archived both in .kmz and .shp data format with the data size of 9.43MB.

Foundation Item:

Chinese Academy of Sciences (ZDRW-ZS-2016-6-5 ); Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2015DFA11360)

Data Citation:

LIU Chuang, SHI Ruixiang, CHEN Lijun. Outline of the Lake Baikal[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2016.

Liu, C., Shi, R. X., Chen, L. J. Outline of the Lake Baikal [J]. Journal of Global Change Data & Discovery, 2017, 1(4): 483. DOI: 10.3974/geodp.2017.04.18.

Data Product:

ID Data Name Data Size Operation
1 LakeBaiKal.kmz 3538.71KB
2 LakeBaikalshp.rar 6121.05KB