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Keywords: Russia, Siberia, Lake Baikal, Water, Environment

Global Regions: Asia , Russia

Countries: Russia

Universities: University of Texas at Austin

Subjects: History and Social Studies, Science

Resource Types: Curriculum

Instructional Strategies: Case Study, Group Work, Role Play/Perspective-Taking

Themes: Environment

Levels: High School (9-12), Middle School (6-8)


People and Place: Lake Baikal (Siberia)

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Part of the People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions series.

This case study will help your students learn about the causes and effects of water pollution in the world by looking at Lake Baikal, located in Siberia. As a major source of the world’s fresh lake water, Lake Baikal is exceptional in its size and ability to withstand pollutants. However, because of residents’ assumptions that the lake will endure anything, it is also highly threatened (see The Aral Sea case study for an example of what can happen when water is not managed well). By studying Lake Baikal, students will learn that: (1) the causes of pollution are complex; (2) the remedies for pollution are multifaceted; and (3) pollution has a serious impact on the environment.

This lesson plan is one of a dozen related lesson plans available as PDF files in the People and Place unit by Hemispheres: The International Outreach Consortium of the University of Texas at Austin. The People and Place curriculum unit includes an introduction and standards alignment page.

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People and Place: Lake Baikal (Siberia)

Produced at: Hemispheres: The University of Texas International Outreach Consortium , University of Texas at Austin, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Year Produced: 2006

Material: PDF

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