Green Slime Threatens Baikal

Green Slime Invades World's Deepest LakeProblems of Lake Baikal are not just concern of Russia, it is an issue of all mankind. Baikal is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and today its unique ecosystem is at risk. The article at the National Geographic site, illustrated with photos by Viktor Lyagushkin, is devoted to the problems of the lake.

Baikal piece at the NG site

 

Aliens in Baikal Lake

Чужие на БайкалеMy piece in National Geographic (Россия) Magazine (Nov 2015) dedicated to ecological situation in Baikal Lake.

In the autumn of 2013 near the town of Severobaikalsk storms washed ashore about a half thousand tons of tangled thread-like algae; the green mass laid rotting on the shore and spreading an unpleasant smell. Accumulations of stinking slime appeared near other settlements around Baikal. Local people were worried. Then jittery news began to appear, that the Spirogyra – so the name of alien had been heard for the very first time – kills Baikal.

In 2015 Baikal Limnological Institute announced the situation was caused by anthropological influence and urgent measures are needed.

The Lake is on the edge of ecological catastrophe. We did media coverage of the development of the situation; the results are published in the different magazines and documentary at My Planet Channel. Are Russian authorities going to change the situation? We have a hope that pressure of public (both Russian and International) opinion would have influence. The PHOTOTEAM.PRO is going to come back and complete the reportage about threat of death of the biggest fresh water reservoir of our planet and its unique biological ecosystem.

UPD: The article online is here

Baikal Expedition

The TV channel “My Planet” took 10 documentaries about the top 10 Nikon photographers within the project “Russia through the Nikon lens”. One of them is a story of our National Geographic expedition to the Baikal Lake in June 2015.

We are very grateful to scientists from Baikal Limnology Institute Igor Khanayev and Professor Dmitry Shcherbakov, the Nikon company, and all persons who lend a helping hand.

And here’s the movie:

Dolphin. Myths and Reality

To Be a DolphinDolphin. Myths and Reality – this is the theme of our lecture in National Geographic Russia headquarters, which had been held today. We were so happy to meet people, concerned on problems of our environment and interested in nature so deeply.

We only could wish to have such an audience for any our project! They listened attentively, asked a lot of questions.

Read more about the lecture here.

Khan’s Palace on the Bottom

Issyk-Kul LakeMe dear friends, we are happy to tell you about suspenseful feature in the Unterwasser Magazine #8 2014 about archaeological exploration of the Issyk-Kul lake, evolution of diving gear and searching of Tamerlan’s Palace on the bottom of the lake by National Geographic expedition.

Text: by me, Bogdana Vashchenko, photography by Viktor Lyagushkin.

3rd Element

Sylvinite

Fascinating feature by Anastasia Mazneva in National Geographic Russia Magazine Feb 2014 about potassium and its influence on all processes on Earth and specially on plants. For without it hunger would rampant on our planet.

The article is about importance of potassium, how it is mined and processed. Illustrated with astonishing photography by Viktor Lyagushkin.