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The Most Dangerous Lake in the World?

Let me proudly present the two candidates:

In Central Africa you find Lake Kivu, bordering Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On the bottom you'll find methane. 60 billion cubic meters of the stuff, and 300 billion cubic meters of CO2. If this gas erupts -- due to volcanic activity or disturbances in the eco-system -- it will displace the entire breathable atmosphere along the shore and kill about 2 million people. Such an eruption is expected to happen sometime in the next hundred years.

This is where modern engineering comes into it. Methane can also be an attractive and stable power source, so the governments are currently building platforms to siphon the gas from the lake and pipe it to newly-built power plants. Therefore the Rwandan government has called in the help of Cowi Consult, and the project they have in the works should not only keep the lake stable, but also supply Rwanda with power and some to spare for its neighbors. This should pay for filtering the CO2 from the water.

A second candidate for the MDL World Championship could be Lake Karachay in Russia, which was pumped full of nuclear waste during the cold war. I'll point you to this interesting article about What Not To Do With Your Local Ecosystem.


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