Lake Baikal is the world's oldest and deepest lake, with unique wildlife and vegetation both in its waters and the surrounding region. The Baikal is one of the world's most biodiverse lakes, with 1,340 animal species—including a unique variety of freshwater seals—and 570 different kinds of plants, according to UNESCO. The surrounding area is home to a wide range of forest animals, some of which are endangered. Fires are now raging in nearby forests, especially on its eastern shore in the region of Buryatia, engulfing an area three times the size of land burnt by wildfires in California this year. The blazes threatening the fragile ecosystem around the lake, which contains some 20 percent of the unfrozen freshwater on the planet. Dark coniferous forests, which in the Siberian taiga contain pine, fir and spruce trees, suffer the most from the fires. These types of trees do not have strong bark to protect them from flames and are very slow to recover from fires. Thousands of young fish were thrown to the shore of Lake Baikal They suffocated from lack of oxygen in the water. We need money to restore trees and fish in the area! Thank you so much for your support!
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