Has any lake ever been known to explode without the use of explosives?
#116626. Asked by star_gazer. (Aug 09 10 12:26 PM)
Exploding lakes or limnic explosions are an example of Henry's Law in action. Henry's Law concerns how the amount of gas dissolved in a liquid increases with pressure on the fluid. This means that in deep lakes a lot of CO2 can be dissolved at the bottom. If some trigger like a landslide or earthquake move some of this CO2-saturated water to an area of lower pressure, huge amounts of gas can be released suddenly causing an exploding lake. It is only known to have been observed twice, both times in Cameroon in 1984 and 1986. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limnic_eruption
Aug 09 10, 2:05 PM
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