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Baikal Rift, Russia

From series “Dangerous Faults and Rifts of Earth Crust”
The bottom of the largest in the world Lake Baikal is also a big tectonic rift. Shores of the lake are regularly moving and becoming wider. The scientists say that such transformations are a good example of a birth of a new ocean. However, this transformation will take hundreds of millions of years. The volcano activity near Lake Baikal is very high. Every day there register no less than five earth shocks. Tsaganskay earthquake of 1862 is one of the most known earthquakes in the world.

Baikal Rift, Russia During this earthquake a great part of Tsaganskay steppe has gone under the water and now is known as a Proval Bay. This earthquake was very strong, its earth tremors were even in Mongolia. The storm has destroyed several villages, about 2 000 locals lost their houses forever. Nevertheless that for the last hundred years there were made a lot of researching works of Baikal Rift, the main reason of its nature wasn’t still found.

Lake Baikal has a great number of interesting facts. Its water is a medical one thanks to the inventory of rare minerals. Apart from that, Baikal is a very paranormal place in Russia. People often see there the UFO, fireballs and other physical things that haven’t been explained by modern science yet. Usually, tourists come to Lake Baikal to see all the beauty of its nature. The lake is surrounded with wonderful forests, which are full of rare animals and plants. Next - Giant rifts in Iceland

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Fuel station: 'AZS' in 25 km
Supermarket: 'Khoroshiy' in 24 km
Apotheek: 'Aapteka' in 25 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Kafe u Dacha Vits' in 20 km
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Best hotels near Baikal Rift


Located in 24 km from Baikal Rift
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Rooms: 40
The bright rooms are located in the wooden cottages and come with a terrace. Guests use shared bathroom facilities. A small food store is on site. … More: photo, rates and booking
Camping Usadba Nabaimar

Located in 25 km from Baikal Rift
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Rooms: 24
All of the rooms at Camping Usadba Nabaimar are heated, and most include a TV and a rustic wooden décor. Each has access to shared bathroom … More: photo, rates and booking
Baikalskaya Riviera Hotel

Located in 44 km from Baikal Rift
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Rooms: 22
The bright, classic-style rooms offer warm-coloured interiors. Each room comes with a TV, a private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the forest. … More: photo, rates and booking
Baikal-Uyuga Guest House

Located in 51 km from Baikal Rift
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Rooms: 30
All bright rooms and bungalows are equipped with a private bathroom. Some offer a terrace and a kitchenette. The on-site café offers various Russian … More: photo, rates and booking

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