Cameroon’s Mysterious Crater Lakes

(Photo credit: Harri's Photography/Flickr Open/Getty Images)

Though picturesque, some crater lakes hide a deadly secret. (Photo credit: Harri’s Photography/Flickr Open/Getty Images)

August 21, 1986 started out as a normal day near Cameroon’s Lake Nyos. By the end of the day, however, 1746 people and 3500 livestock in the area would be dead. The cause of the catastrophe was, of all things, an exploding lake. But what caused the lake to explode? More importantly, could it happen again? [Read more…]

Lake Chad: Vanishing Before Our Eyes

Lake Chad

Over the past four decades, Lake Chad has shrunk by 90% from its original size. (Photo credit: Michael Fay/Getty Images)

Lake Chad is a body of water in north central Africa, straddling the borders of Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon. At one time, Lake Chad was one of the largest lakes in the world. Over the past four decades, however, the lake has shrunk by 90% from its original size. Once boasting a surface area of 25,000 square kilometers, it now measures around 1350 square kilometers. Climate change and high demand for irrigation are the main culprits behind the lake shrinkage. [Read more…]