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How deep is deep?

In the article ``Saving Siberia's Unique Lake Baikal Region,'' Aug. 2, the author erroneously states that the lake holds a volume equal to one-fifth of all the fresh water on Earth.

What the author should have said was that it holds a volume of water equal to one-fifth of all of the fresh liquid surface water on Earth. Fresh water includes glaciers, icecaps, and fresh subsurface water.

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In terms of all fresh water, the volume in Lake Baikal is less than 0.1 percent. Even if you consider just liquid fresh water, its volume is less than 1 percent of that. Michael Campana, Sandia Park, N.M.

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