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Scientists Begin Taming Killer Lake

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Science  09 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5506, pp. 965-967
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5506.965b

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- In an unprecedented and potentially risky experiment, scientists this week began venting carbon dioxide-laden water from the bottom of Lake Nyos in Cameroon. The apparatus is intended to prevent a recurrence of a 1986 eruption that claimed 1800 lives.