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Major lakes include Lake Baikal, Lake Ladoga, and Lake Onega.
Russia has major deposits of petroleum, natural gas, coal, timber and many strategic minerals.
As with its topography, its climates, vegetation, and soils span vast distances.
There is volcanic activity in the Kuril Islands, volcanoes and earthquakes on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and spring floods and summer/autumn forest fires throughout Siberia and parts of European Russia.Truly unique on Earth, Baikal is home to more than 1700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.Of its 100,000 rivers, the Volga River is the most famous—not only because it is the longest river in Europe but also because of its major role in Russian history.A small part of Black Sea coast around Sochi is considered in Russia to have subtropical climate.Russia has thousands of rivers and inland bodies of water, providing it with one of the world's largest surface-water resources.