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Construction of Mongol HPP threatens Baikal omul

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Construction of Mongol HPP threatens Baikal omul

Building a hydro power plant by the side of the Selenga River and its tributaries in Mongolia breaks life cycle of the Baikal’s omul, says head of laboratory of surface water simulation at Russian Science Academy’s Water Problem Institution, Mikhail Bolgov.


The experts believe that omul population might completely become extinct, Kommersant newspaper reports on Monday.

According to Mr Bolgov, the Baikal omuls shed the eggs in autumn and embryonic cycle lasts nearly 200 days. During the whole winter period, fish eggs remain in the revers. With the first signals of the water temperature increase, embryos start to develop quickly, slide down with a river flood and give birth to the next life cycle of the omul.

In case the Mongols build HPP by the side of the Selenga River, water will be discharged in winter, what will breaks the fish’s life cycle.

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