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Title (Primary) Environmental change in the Selenga River—Lake Baikal Basin
Author Kasimov, N.; Karthe, D.; Chalov, S.;
Journal Regional Environmental Change
Year 2017
Department ASAM;
Volume 17
Issue 7
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T32;
Keywords Baikal Lake; Environmental change; Hydrology; Geochemistry; Pollution
UFZ wide themes RU2;
Abstract Lake Baikal’s most important tributary is the Selenga River, which contributes about 50 to 60% of its surface water influx (Chalov et al. 2015; Opp 1994; Törnqvist et al. 2015). Moreover, the Selenga’s 447.060-km2 watershed covers 82% of the Lake Baikal Basin (Nadmitov et al. 2014) (Fig. 1), which means that any environmental changes along the Selenga and its tributaries may ultimately impact Lake Baikal. However, north of the Buryatian capital Ulan Ude, the Selenga River branches into the largest freshwater inland delta in the world (Logachev 2003). The associated wetland constitutes a unique ecosystem (Гармаев and Христофоров 2010) and acts as the final geobiochemical barrier before the Selenga discharges into Lake Baikal (Chalov et al. 2016). Therefore, it has a great impact on pollution delivery to Lake Baikal, storing up to 60–70% of the sediment load of the Selenga River (Chalov et al. 2017).
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Kasimov, N., Karthe, D., Chalov, S. (2017):
Environmental change in the Selenga River—Lake Baikal Basin
Reg. Envir. Chang. 17 (7), 1945 - 1949