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"Mir-2" has gone for repairs, not setting records.

As part of the expedition is planned to study the bottom of Lake Baikal, its coastline, the study of hydrocarbon reserves and the search for archaeological artefacts.

underwater expedition to Lake Baikal is suspended because of an accident bathyscaphe "Mir-2". Baikal - harsh and unpredictable. During the descent apparatus of the deep water, dramatically naletel storm hit and bathyscaphe on board the barge "metropolis" in which the dive.

Do apparatus "Mir-2" was damaged and the engine side of an extreme situation, it is quickly to lift and install on the platform.

By decision of the heads of the expedition Artur Chilingarov second dive bathyscaphe postponed. Court returned to the base - in the village of Turka in Buryatia. Was planned that "Mir-1 and Mir-2" today, once again make a dive in Lake Baikal at a depth of more than a thousand meters. Yesterday bathyscaph successfully carried out the first scientific dives to the bottom of Lake Baikal. Deep-sea vehicles "Mir-1 and Mir-2" lay on the floor at a depth of 1580 meters, thus the old record - 1637 meters - still stand.

underwater expedition takes place in the heart of Lake Baikal, between the island and the peninsula of Saint Olkhon nose. The expedition is designed for two years. In its framework for devices "Mir-1 and Mir-2" to be committed in different locations Baikal 60 dives this year and 100 - in the next year.

Baikal, whose age has a 25 million years old, is located in the south of Eastern Siberia. He is considered to be the deepest lake in the world and included in the list of UNESCO. The length of the lake - 636 km. The volume of water in the lake is 20% of the world and 90% of Russia's reserves of fresh water.


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