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The Scariest Lake on Earth

There are about 117 million lakes on our planet, covering almost 4 percent of the continental land. Some are huge, others small and a few can be deadly. Perhaps the most dangerous of these bodies of water is Lake Kivu, situated in Africa, on the border of the Democratic Republic of The Congo and Rwanda. While neighboring Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun can be life-threatening, Lake Kivu dwarfs both in size and danger. The ninth deepest lake in the world, Lake Kivu rests atop a volcanic crater and contains more than 55 billion cubic meters of methane gas, and its volcanic rock bed has layers of carbon dioxide. Either a methane explosion or CO2 poisoning could take the lives of more than 2 million people living in the surrounding basin. Bright Side surveys the danger in the following episode.

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