Lake Victoria: a sick giant
Lake Victoria was discovered in 1858 British Explorer John Speke, after a few months of their research, the sources of the Nile. Then the lake appeared in front of him so large and beautiful that he gave him the name of the British Queen. But now the Lake is in poor condition and is on the brink of environmental disaster. If John Speke could see lake Victoria today, painting what he saw would have caused him most likely shock and disbelief. The lake has become a smelly, suffocating from algae, a large body of water.
Ecological health of lake Victoria has been deeply undermined by the rapidly growing population, boom in fish exports, the disappearance of some fish species, the rapid growth of algae and the discharge of untreated sewage by industrial enterprises. Most of the damage is extensive and irreversible. The traditional way of life of the lake communities almost destroyed. Scientists are concerned that soon the lake Victoria may become dead.
Named in honor of the Queen of England, the African lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake and second largest freshwater lake. The area of the lake on a total of 69 000 square kilometers. Although this Continue reading
The Republic of Karelia since ancient times was called as the Lake district. And among the huge number of its lakes Ladoga stands out for its vast expanses.
On Ladoga lake more than 600 Islands(among them the famous island of Valaam). area exceeding 1 hectare.Most of them(over 500) are located in the Northern part of the lake. Many Islands separated by a maze of narrow channels, in which nothing is lost to an inexperienced traveler, give a special beauty to this part of lake Ladoga, called the skerries area. The intricate shapes of the rocky Islands, reaching sometimes a height of 60— 70 m, combined with the dismembered shores of the continent, in which deeply cut into numerous and different from each other bays.
How beautiful shores of the lake! Hostess-the nature has taken care of that there is no monotony in the Kingdom. If you cross the Ladoga, we can see how diverse, unique and beautiful view of its banks. Wide open was given the southern part of the lake are replaced in Northern rocky ridges, referred to here as “fences”, and the rocks moulded by the glacier “the mutton foreheads”. Around a mysterious forest with mighty trees, thickets of juniper and the moss-covered boulders. The lake penetrates deeply into the rocky Continue reading
Seven unique parks of Russia
On 1 January 1917 in Russia created the first reserve — Barguzinsky. Since 1997 this day is celebrated as the Day of reserves. On the territory of Russia, rich in forests and mountains, beautiful lakes and rivers, pristine land, there are a lot of reserves, some of which can rightly be considered unique. Today we decided to make a compilation of seven of the most interesting nature reserves of Russia.
Barguzinsky reserve is the first protected areas in Russia. This is the only public reserve in the country, founded before the October revolution of 1917. This reserve is located in Buryatia, it is located on the Western slopes of the Barguzin ridge. C 1986 the year is one of the biosphere reserves of UNESCO. In protected territory of the Barguzinsky nature reserve is the North-Eastern coast of Baikal lake. The name of the reserve was under the name of the Barguzin river. In this reserve you can see not only the Barguzin mountain ridge, but fantastically beautiful valleys and forests and rivers, where are found the most different species of animals.
BAIKAL NATURE RESERVE
Baikal nature reserve — a beautiful reserve of Russia, which lies around Continue reading