Russians withdraw Lake Baikal record claim
Hit bottom short of deepest freshwater submersion
The Russians have withdrawn their claim to have made the deepest freshwater submersion in Siberia's Lake Baikal after hitting bottom at just 1,580 metres (5,180 feet) - short of their planned touch-down at 1,680 metres (5,510 feet).
According to Reuters, the mission led by scientist and Kremlin-backed Russian MP Artur Chilingarov had hoped to dispatch submersibles Mir-1 and 2 to a point in the lake "deeper than the one hitherto considered its bottom, at 1,637 metres". This had previously been probed by another Russian submersible several years ago.
Although Russian media was quick to herald a record-breaking plunge into the abyss, this proved premature. Chilingarov, who controlled the attempt from a floating platform on the surface, admitted: "There was no record. But we'll continue exploration."
The ostensible purpose of the Lake Baikal mission is to "collect seabed samples and document Baikal's unique flora and fauna", but Russia has of late been eyeing the deep as a possible economic resource. Last year, Mir-1 and 2, led by Chilingarov, planted the Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole in a symbolic "claim to the energy riches of the region", as Reuters puts it. ®
See, I told you, I told you...
I said yesterday the Russians had extracted it all and they have just proven it.
this is a joke
"If 6% is piffling, perhaps you'd like to remit that proportion of your income to an educational charity of your choice?"
if you could name the lucky charity that is getting the 54p per mounth
(that is a joke for thouse of you 2 sow to work it out on your own)
> What's 331 feet out of 5510?
I'm not sure why you're asking, though, because the discrepancy is 330 feet if you're silly enough to do the arithmetic on the rounded conversions into archaic units, or 100m = 328 feet if you work with metres.
If 6% is piffling, perhaps you'd like to remit that proportion of your income to an educational charity of your choice?