Lake Baikal has a unique natural heritage. There is no other water body similar to this huge fresh-water reservoir whose maximum depth exceeds 1 mile (1,600 m). The lake contains about 20% of the world’s unfrozen freshwater; more than that held in all of the Great Lakes of North America.
The area of Lake Baikal is similar to that of countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands, and the bottom-sediment thickness is more than 8 km. The lake is more than 25 million years old.
These features and other aspects of the hydrology, meteorology, hydrobiology, and paleoclimates wll be discussed in this presentation, using information from the Limnological Institute of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
A particular focus will be on the bottom sediments and enumeration of strains of oil-degrading bacteria collected from the numerous bottom bitumen mounds of Lake Baikal. These and some other features of the lake, I will try to discuss in my presentation.
Alexander Likhoshvay, from Russia which is located near the oldest and deepest lake on Earth - Lake Baikal and graduated Irkutsk State University in 2007 with MSc in Chemistry (“Integrated chemical and microbiological study of sediments from South basin of Lake Baikal”) and had been working in Limnological Institute SB RAS (Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science).
Alexander,has successfully defended his PhD thesis on December 2011, With a topic of “Ecology of bacteria of the genus Rhodococcus from deep-water bitumen mounds of Lake Baikal”.
He and his wife hold a PR visa & came to Australia in January, 2013 located in Perth . Currently he is a visitor at CWR.
PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.
Dr Alexander Likhoshvay Limnological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Blakers Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Mathematics Building, The University of Western Australia
: 6488 7565
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:00
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