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- Lake Baikal and the region around it were extensively explored by Russian expeditions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This map shows in great detail the shoreline of the lake and the network of rivers flowing into and out of Baikal. The title of the map is shown in a cartouche. Below the title is a single-headed eagle, holding in its talons the coat of arms of Irkutsk Province. The illustration at the lower left is a view of Nikolaevsk Pier, located at the point where the Angara River flows from the lake. The enlarged map in the lower right-hand corner depicts Ambassador's Harbor or "Prorva." The numbers indicate soundings of depth in feet. The map uses perspective to show hills and mountains. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. Its volume of water is approximately equal to the total volume of the Great Lakes of North America, or to about 20 per cent of all freshwater on the earth.
Title in Original Language
Karta Baikala, Moria, Ozera ili Angarskogo Provala, v Irkutskoi Gubernii Sostoiashchego so Vsemi ego Okruzhnostiami, Kotoryi Matematicheskim Izmereniem Okonchen i Priveden v Sovershennuiu Izvestnost' v 1806 godu
Type of Item
- 1 map on sheet 49 x 37 centimeters