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Lake Nyos – silent killer May 21, 2007

Posted by Al in : nature,weird , trackback

Here’s an interesting article about somewhere I would definitely put high on my list of places I wouldn’t want to live. Lake Nyos is a pretty lake in tropical Cameroon; it provides drinking water for the nearby inhabitants and their livestock, and looks to be set in an idyllic tropical landscape. However, it’s this landscape that is part of the reason why Lake Nyos is so deadly: the lake itself is formed by the caldera of an extinct volcano, the surrounding mountains and forest kill any breeze, and the temperature is pretty constant. This results in a very stagnant lake, which has allowed the carbon dioxide, which is seeping from the extinct volcano, to build to supercharged levels, and eventually this escaped, suffocating all around the lake. Read the full article here.


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