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Nearly 250 kinds of Animals Found in Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu

Pyongyang, June 4 (KCNA) — More animals are being found in Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu.

The Combined Expeditionary Group for the Study of Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu recently netted a rare terrapin belonging to the tortoise family in five meter-deep water around the small basin at the foot of Chongsok Peak while studying living things under water of Lake Chon.

The terrapin weighs 1.7kg and has 21cm long shell of peculiar beautiful color.

Its appearance in Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu, the coldest part of Korea, is drawing the great attention of biologists because terrapins are usually found in the area south of the central part of Korea and the southern regions of China and Japan.

According to the survey and confirmation made by the expeditionary group up to now, there are nearly 250 species of stationary or seasonal animals including birds and insects in the lake and on its shores.

As the lake appeared as result of a volcano eruption, it was believed to be unfit for animal habitation.

But the fact that the expeditionary group succeeded in breeding a shoal of chars in the lake in the 1980s proved that the ecological environment of the lake provides a good habitat for fauna.

The group has since deepened the ecological study of the lake, finding more animals.
A Rana temporaria was caught in a pool on the shore of the lake near the small basin at the foot of Paekam Peak in June, Juche 80 (1991). This confirmed the habitation of amphibian animals in the lake.

From late in the 1980s when a shoal of chars began increasing in number, gulls could be seen flying in the sky above the lake.

Members of the expeditionary group saw a bear moving around the lake several times. Later on September 18 last year they witnessed a brown bear swimming in the lake towards the shore at the foot of Paekam Peak, after crossing the ridge between Hyangdo Peak and Ssangmujigae Peak.

Ceaseless finding of a variety of animals shows that living things in Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu are becoming more diverse.

Thanks to diverse living things in the lake, Mt. Paektu, a holy mountain of the revolution, is demonstrating its unique spectacular scenic beauty of Juche Korea, heightening the national pride of the Koreans.

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