METHANE FROM “KILLER LAKES”: GLOBAL WARMING

May 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Africa, Earth, Oil & Gas, Research, Science & Technology, World-system | Leave a comment

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KILLER LAKES

Bodies of water that contain gas are called “killer lakes.” There are several in Africa. But Lake Kivu is unique, because, along with carbon dioxide, it contains methane, which is explosive when combined with air. For the past 15,000 years, bacteria have converted dead organic matter and magma-related carbon dioxide into methane. The lake is now 40 percent saturated with the two gases. Recent tests suggest that the gas content has risen dramatically in the last 30 years. The causes have not been studied.

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