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Lake Baikal. View across part of Lake Baikal, Russia. Baikal has the largest volume of fresh water of any lake in the world, and is second only to the Caspian Sea in total water volume. Baikal is 636km long and 79km across at its widest and has a maximum depth of 1642m. The local economy is mainly fishing and subsistence farming, although there is increased volume of tourism in the region due to Baikal's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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