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Scientists to dive to the bottom of the world's deepest lake

Russian team explores the depths of Lake Baikal.

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Update: One of the MIR submersibles reached the deepest point of Lake Baikal at 15.15 local time on 29 July, according to Robert Nigmatulin, head of the P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow, Russia. He told Nature that the research team had reached a depth of 1680 metres, some 40 metres deeper than expected. The expedition was interrupted on 30 July when a propeller on one of the submersibles broke during a storm, although Nigmatulin says that it should be repaired quickly and that the dive would resume on 31 July.

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Rossbauer, M. Scientists to dive to the bottom of the world's deepest lake. Nature (2008).

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