Scientists have found giant mats made of bacteria, as well as sponges, limpets, fish, and small shrimp-like creatures called amphipods living at the very bottom of the lake. For example, many of Baikals more than 350 amphipod species are much larger than average, potentially thanks to all that oxygen.
Is there life at the bottom of Lake Baikal?
Baikal supports more than 2,500 species of animals and plants, and 80 per cent of its animal life is endemic – including the mysterious Baikal freshwater seal which has lived on the land-locked lake for many thousands of years despite being hundreds of miles from the nearest coast.
What is on the bottom of Lake Baikal?
The bottom of the lake is 1,186.5 m (3,893 ft) below sea level, but below this lies some 7 km (4.3 mi) of sediment, placing the rift floor some 8–11 km (5.0–6.8 mi) below the surface, the deepest continental rift on Earth. In geological terms, the rift is young and active – it widens about 2 cm (0.8 in) per year.
Does anything live in Lake Baikal?
Lake Baikal is home to more than 2,000 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world, including the Baikal omul fish and Baikal oil fish as well as the nerpa, one of the worlds only freshwater species of seal.
What is the deepest part of Lake Baikal?
1,642 m Lake Baikal/Max depth
What lake has the most deaths?
Lake Michigan Of the five Great Lakes on the Canada-United States border, Lake Michigan consistently leads the pack as the most deadly of the group. The warm, inviting lake is a popular swimming spot for both locals and visitors, despite its reputation of massive undercurrents that claim at least a few lives every year.