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Taming the Killer Lakes in Africa: Robert G. Wetzel Collegiate Professorship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Inaugural Lecture

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
12:00 AM
Alumni Center, Founders Room

The University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is pleased to announce this special lecture.

African lakeThe explosive release of carbon dioxide gas from Lakes Nyos and Monoun in Cameroon resulted in the loss of nearly 1800 lives. As natural hazards, these exploding lakes were new to science, and studies soon revealed that without intervention the gas would accumulate in the lakes again and result in repeat disasters. This presentation describes the dynamics and dangers of these lakes and the steps taken for the risk reduction and prevention of further natural catastrophes.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. 

For questions, contact Anne Hart at or 734.615.6449