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Efforts to Tame Second African 'Killer Lake' Begin

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Science  07 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5608, pp. 805
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5608.805

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NJINDOUN, CAMEROON-- In August 1984, a white cloud emerged from Lake Monoun, near this rural village, and 37 people on a dirt road dropped dead. This week, after years of delay, an international team is at last preparing to tame the lake with one or more pipes that will vent carbon dioxide from its depths.