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Journey to the Sacred Sea

Program Overview

Twenty-five million years ago, seismic events in Siberia created the world's largest and oldest freshwater lake—Baikal. Fed by over 300 mountain streams and rivers, the 400-mile Lake Baikal holds more water than all five of the Great Lakes together. It is also home to more than 2,500 species of plants and animals, half of which cannot be found anywhere else on the Earth. To the indigenous people of Siberia, Baikal was known as the Sacred Sea, immortalized in legend, folklore, and poetry. Today, people continue to utilize the lake's vast resources. Yet human activity often threatens the very resources people depend on, and some worry that human encroachment and industrial pollution could make Baikal's ecological future uncertain. NOVA takes a close look at this ecological system and explores the risks it faces.

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Journey to the Sacred Sea

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