Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Friday, July 25, 2008

Down the Lake

Ralph Buttigieg
Sydney, NSW
The man behind the underwater flag planting exercise Dennis wrote about yesterday was Artur Chilingarov, a Russian politician and explorer. Having claimed the Undersea North Pole he is now exploring another part of Aquatica , the murky depths of the world deepest lake, Lake Baikal:

Russian scientists begin trial exploration of world's deepest lake MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian scientists leading a submarine expedition to probe the world's deepest lake on Thursday carried out test dives ahead of the start of the operation next week, reports said. The trial runs at Lake Baikal lasted two hours with two submarines diving to a depth of around 420 metres (1,386 feet), the Russian media reports quoted the organisers as saying. On Tuesday, the expedition will begin in earnest with the submarines attempting to descend 1,637 metres (5,402 feet) to the bottom of the lake which has a unique ecosystem and has never been explored. The expedition is being organised by Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin member of parliament and an Arctic explorer who led the team of scientists that planted a flag at the bottom of the North Pole in August last year.....