Now THAT’s a Hole.

Sinkholes:   slightly acidic groundwater dissolves limestone or similar rock that lies beneath the soil creating a large void or cavities. When the overlying ceiling can no longer support the weight of the soil and whatever is on top of it, the earth collapses into the cavity.”  (NBS News.)

Here are some photos of the more memorable ones.

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China

 

Florida

Florida

 

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China

 

Guatemala

Guatemala

 

Chicago

Chicago

 

Missouri (and that's a house hovering treacherously over the edge.)

Missouri (and that’s a house hovering treacherously over the edge.)

 

Florida

Florida

And the mother of all sinkholes:

Guatemala

Guatemala

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Another view

This sinkhole is 60 feet by 300 feet, and swallowed up a three-storey apartment building.  Pumice fill, rather than limestone, was said to be the culprit.

Talk about feeling the earth move.

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5 thoughts on “Now THAT’s a Hole.

  1. Holy Moly. I’ve heard of a couple swallowing up a house here and there and a person or people. Ugh.
    Now I don’t even want to think about getting into a subway, not that I need to soon and we don’t have any here. Toronto is expanding theirs. Ahhhhhhhhh.

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