Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal

Paperback | July 4, 2009

byPeter 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 PeterThomson 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 - containingone-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, andthat it will need the love and devotion of people around the world to protect it.

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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 PeterThomson and his younger brother undertake a kind...

Peter Thomson is Founding Producer and Senior Editor of NPR's "Living on Earth" and recipient of 19 awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He is currently a freelance environmental journalist and member of Executive Committee of Society of Environmental Journalists.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Author's NotePrologue: BlagopoluchnoePart One: The Sacred Sea1. A Flash of Blue Light2. Songs and Whispers3. The Earth Splits, Water Rushes In4. Into the Lake - Shallow5. Into the Lake - Deep6. Buryatia, in Black and White and Color7. On the Trail with Pod Boy and Monkey Mind8. Bad Roads Are Good for Baikal9. Traveling and Staying HomePart Two: 180 Degrees10. The Long Way Home11. The Great Cirlcle12. Zigzag to Russia13. Power in the East14. Across the Sleeping Land15. Angels and Ghosts in IrkutskPart Three: Baikal, Too, Must Work16. One of the Best Enterprises in Russia17. Righteousness, Uncertainty, and the Point of No Return18. Connecting the Dots19. Dr. Hope and Dr. Despair20. Blind Love is a Dangerous Thing21. 360 degreesEpilogue: The Great Baikal ChainAfterwordAcknowledgmentsIllustration CreditsSource Notes and Further ReadingIndex