Lake Baikal is the oldest lake and biggest freshwater reservoir on this planet. due to its incredibly lengthy geological background, the lake has been a theatre of evolution and speciation of organisms, and it presently harbors extra species than the other lake on the planet. in keeping with its precise nature, Lake Baikal was once lately detailed a global history web site and is considered a hotspot for evolution, speciation, and biodiversity. With its vastly abnormal biota, Lake Baikal is now looking ahead to glossy analytical methods to the profound difficulties of speciation and evolution. In overdue autumn 1998 a symposium was once held in Japan with the subject matter "Lake Baikal: A reflect in time and area for knowing international switch procedures" to collect scientists from varied disciplines who're learning Lake Baikal. 3 overseas medical institutions: The BICER (Baikal foreign middle for Ecological Research), BDP (Baikal Drilling Project), and DIWPA (Diversitas Western Pacific and Asia) have been curious about the business enterprise. This booklet includes a number of papers offered at this symposium. they're interdisciplinary in nature and convey jointly effects from geology, paleontology, chemistry, biology, limnology and physics.
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