Lake Baskunchak called the all-Russian salt-cellar. This unique waterfront area of 110 square kilometres is a unique depression on the top of a giant salt mountain, leaving deep under the ground and covered by a layer of sedimentary rocks. The depth of the salt reaches 6 kilometers and the capacity of the surface layer is 10 to 18 metres. The surface of the lake 21 feet below sea level.
Actually Baskunchak lake can be called with some exaggeration. For the most part, its surface can be walked, and in some places even to drive a car. To die is simply impossible — water saturated with salt by 90%, body is pushed to the surface.
However, the depth does not exceed 1 meter, and dry summer it almost dries completely.
These machines after each trip wash immediately. According to our driver, the car driving on a salt lake, not repaired, and changed all the nodes, because the salt corrodes everything and not possible to loosen a single nut. The weather on the day of the trip was not predictable: from burning sun to torrential rain.
Salt production in the lake was conducted since the VIII century, and carried her along the Great silk road. In Russian Continue reading
Lake Medvezhye (Kurgan region).
Kurgan. August 10, 2015. 20:04 — REGNUM In the Kurgan region, poachers destroy the unique bear lake. As reported to IA REGNUM in the press service of the regional government, on a lake, which is considered analogous to the Dead sea in the middle East, poachers sacks of harvested Artemia cysts — crustaceans, which are responsible for the composition and quality of therapeutic mud and brine.
Brine shrimp are plankton of the lake and have unique healing properties. The eggs (cysts) of the crustacean Artemia are widely used in cosmetology, Oriental medicine, in the cultivation of poultry and as feed for industrial fish farming and aquarium.
The main buyers of Artemia cysts are Chinese companies, according to the newspaper «top secret”. The price of the biological resource in the black market reaches 8 thousand rubles for a bag, and typed it in half an hour.
The regional authorities consider that it is necessary to prohibit commercial production of Artemia cysts in the lake is bearish, especially because this crustacean is found for another 18 lakes in the region. But so far has limited itself to strengthening the protection of the shores of the lake to the final Continue reading