Exploding Lakes

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Lake Kivu, Rwanda. Image from Prime Uganda Safaris.

Lake Kivu of Rwanda, shown above, is among the world’s 10 naturally deadliest lakes. Watching these calm waters from afar, an onlooker would be completely unaware of the toxins that dwell under the surface. Only a few lakes in the world, like Lake Kivu, are sitting on top of inactive volcanoes. Hidden magma pools expel bubbles of CO2 into the lake that can build into massive pockets of gas at the bottom of the lake. Seasonal lake turnover then turns into a deadly event.┬áMany scientists have studied the tragedy┬áthat occurred at Lake Nyos in Cameroon. Continue reading

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In the early 1900s, Onondaga Lake had a lot to offer. There was entertainment, like rowing, canoeing, strolling, swimming, fishing, and even amusement rides. Now some call it “The Most Polluted Lake in America”. Detrimental chemical dumping took place in Onondaga Lake from the 1920s to the 1990’s primarily by a company called Allied Chemical, later renamed Honeywell.

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The glass dome from The Simpsons Movie. Photo from Bustle.

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