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 n.— «The nightmare scenario for geosequestration—also known as geostorage—occurred in Africa in 1986. In the dark of night, Lake Nyos in Cameroon emitted a huge cloud of carbon dioxide. The gas, which is heavier than air, settled in a thick layer over the surrounding area, asphyxiating 1800 people and countless animals. Geostorage is a seemingly sensible idea—trap polluting gases from power plants, compress them until they are liquid and pump them underground. No more greenhouse gases trapping heat in the atmosphere and, therefore, no global warming.» —“Advocates pump up greenhouse storage” by Stephen Cauchi The Age (Melbourne, Australia) June 16, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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