Olkhon


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Ol’khon

 

an island in northwestern Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Oblast, RSFSR. It is separated from the shore by the Maloe More and Ol’khonskie Vorota straits. Area, 730 sq km; elevations, to 1,276 m. The island is composed of Archean gneisses, marbles, quartzites, and granites. There is larch taiga in the north and steppe in the south. Strong northwest winds are typical. The settlement of Khuzhir is located on Ol’khon Island.

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Departing from the southern shores of Lake Baikal at Listvyanka, they walked along the western coast of the lake, before negotiating Olkhon island, and finishing in Severobaikalsk at the top of the lake.
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265 The large conifer forests around Lake Baikal (such as this larch [Larix dahurica] forest on Olkhon Island in the center of the lake) are an apparently inexhaustible source of wood for the cellulose industry.
We made only one more stop in the water, north of Olkhon Island, the largest island in Lake Baikal.
As we recrossed the lake and worked our way up the shoreline to Olkhon Island, exploring villages and hiking woods, and as we argued about procedures and mapping techniques and values, our mutual suspicions slowly gave way to mutual admiration and trust.
Departing from the southern shores of Lake Baikal at Listvyanka, they will traverse the eastern coast of the lake, before negotiating Olkhon island, and finishing in Severobaikalsk at the top of the lake.