Earth  ID: 2346

Lake Monoun Zoom-in

On August 8, 1984 37 people from the villages surrounding Lake Monoun, Cameroon, Africa were found mysteriously dead. First reports pointed to man made terrorist activity but it soon became clear that this was a natural event; somehow or other the lake had exploded, releasing huge volumes of a poisonous, invisible gas.

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Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
George Kling (University of Michigan): Scientist
Bill Evans (USGS): Scientist
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Data Used:
Model - USGS - 1993-1996
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Exploding Lakes

SVS >> Gas
SVS >> Lake
SVS >> Zoom
GCMD >> Location >> Cameroon
GCMD >> Location >> Africa
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version