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In the mountains north of Mongolia, on Lake Baikal, Irkutsk will be a survivor of the shift from many standpoints.

  1. They will retain their temperate latitude, so the native and commercial plants life will be instantly acclimated.
  2. They are far from volcanic activity, although the prevailing westerlies will bring some ash to their land.
  3. They will have access to inland fresh water fishing, and due to the high carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere after the shift and for some time from volcanic burping, algae and water plants will grow lush.
  4. They are isolated from heavily populated areas, so that survivors reaching their area after the shift are hardy, not demanding, and will be contributors to the community.

The largest worry during the shift will be from potential lake sloshing, in that jolting quakes as well as tipping plates can create this situation. Survivors are advised to move away from shore to high ground, and out of any buildings that can collapse during the shift or the aftershocks that will certainly occur.