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Sacred Sea A Journey to Lake Baikal

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ISBN-10: 0195387333

ISBN-13: 9780195387339

Edition: 2009

Authors: Peter Thomson

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Sibera's Lake Baikal is one of nature's most magnificent creations, the largest and deepest body of fresh water in the world. And yet it is nearly unknown outside of Russia. In Sacred Sea--the first major journalistic examination of Baikal in English--veteran environmental writer Peter Thomson and his younger brother undertake a kind of pilgrimage, journeying 25,000 miles by land and sea to reach this extraordinary lake. At Baikal they find a place of sublime beauty, deep history, and immense natural power. But they also find ominous signs that this perfect eco-system--containing one-fifth of earth's fresh water and said to possess a mythical ability to cleanse itself--could yet succumb to the even more powerful forces of human hubris, carelessness, and ignorance. Ultimately, they help us see that despite its isolation, Baikal is connected to everything else on Earth, and that it will need the love and devotion of people around the world to protect it.
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Book details

List price: $26.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.10" wide x 6.10" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Author's Note
Prologue: Blagopoluchnoe
The Sacred Sea
A Flash of Blue Light
Songs and Whispers
The Earth Splits, Water Rushes In
Into the Lake-Shallow
Into the Lake-Deep
Buryatia, in Black & White and Color
On the Trail with Pod Boy and Monkey Mind
Bad Roads Are Good For Baikal
Traveling and Staying Home
180�
The Long Way Home
The Great Circle
Zigzag to Russia
Power in the East
Across the Sleeping Land
Angels and Ghosts in Irkutsk
Baikal, Too, Must Work
One of the Best Enterprises in Russia
Righteousness, Uncertainty, and the Point of No Return
Connecting the Dots
Dr. Hope and Dr. Despair
Blind Love Is a Dangerous Thing
360�
Epilogue: The Great Baikal Chain
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Source Notes and Further Reading
Index