All-Russian Contest “Window Into The Nature”

LYG_1939A couple of weeks ago me and Viktor Lyagushkin became winners of the All-Russian Contest “Window Into The Nature” with the feature story for GEO (Russia) Sept 2016 dedicated to the Baikal issues.

Many thanks to our friends from Baikal Limnological Institute for opportunity to join their circum-Baikal expedition 2016, on the results of which the feature had been written, and to GEO editorials for the engagement and help in the creation of the story.

Red Bull Illume Book Limited Edition #0329

LYG_2166Just visited Moscow office of the Red Bull company, where we were happy to receive a copy of the  book with photographs choosed by Jury of the Red Bull Illume 2016 Contest, with amazing photo by Viktor Lyagushkin Accountant with free diver Igor Azhykin sitting at the office table under the ice of Tver Quarry. According to results of the contest Viktor became a semifinalist in category Spirit.

The book has a limited circulation not for sell. The proud owners of all the copies are winners, finalists and semifinalists of the contest. Viktor’s copy has a number #0329.

To Stay Alive – Feature Story in GEO Magazine

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Well, it’s another reason for our collective pride. A feature story in the popular science magazine GEO (Russia) about environmental problems of Baikal. Unusual and ancient animals, Baikalian sponges are responsible for the purity of Baikal water. But something happened, and the epidemic broke out in the sponges. What happens at the bottom of Baikal, what do scientists do, and how to find the cause of the disease – in this piece for GEO, September 2016.

Baikal Lake Ecological Issues Featured on Pages of Unterwasser Diving Magazine

Alien Algae in Baikal

A feature story in 8/16 Unterwasser Diving Magazine

Few years ago scientists had some worries about big  amounts of algae, which had been never part of the Baikal lake biosphere. The alien algae grew year by year and now it seized almost the whole part of the lake shore, up to depth of 40 m. The whys of it is a result of growing touristic activity and absence of normal water and waste water facilities.

The main problem is not the algae by itself, but the changes it started in the shallow waters. There are hundreds of endemic species living in Baikal are now threatened and may disappear within several years.

The planet will still have the lake as a reservoir of the fresh water, but as unique water body with unique life we may lost it forever.

Photograph by Viktor in VIEW Magazine

LYG_4983Congratulations to Viktor Lyagushkin with publication in the VIEW Magazine. Editors featured one of his stunning photographs from the Third Element Project displaying bright weird pattern of the walls of the labyrinth of Sylvinite mine located at depth -400 m (Urals, Russia). Sylvinite was well known from the middle ages but its real value was discovered in 20th century. Potassium fertilisers produced of the sylvinite saved many countries of famine and crop failure.