Researchers are concerned that a ‘killer’ lake in Africa could be fatal to millions, according to studies.
Freshwater experts are warning that Lake Kivu, situated between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is harboring potentially explosive gases.
Kivu is one of Africa’s great ‘rift’ lakes as it has formed over an area of extensional tectonics in the continental crust.
Nearby is Mount Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most active volcanos, which sends lava towards Lake Kivu whenever it erupts.
Over thousands of years, volcanic activity from Mount Nyiragongo has caused an immense amount of dissolved methane and carbon dioxide to accumulate under Kivu’s surface. (Read more from “Fear Grows of ‘Killer Lake’ Eruption That Would Release Gas Cloud and Kill Millions” HERE)
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