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(WTSP)   After another sinkhole opens up it becomes clear that the earth is trying to swallow Florida   (wtsp.com ) divider line
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2013-03-24 02:41:17 PM  

sheep snorter: Remind me never to live on a sand bar that is only there because of an old limestone reef.


A question for anyone with a geology background:  Is there any difference between how sinkholes form and how limestone caves form?  Other than, the ones that persist without collapsing, have an opening to the surface somewhere, and get discovered are called "caves"?

As for the Hurricane Sandy victims...are they getting power back?  If power lines can be run to their homes, why not cable TV, phone, and the rest?  Hell, any new rights of way negotiated for power lines should now include the other wires people need run to their houses as a matter of course.
 
2013-03-24 02:49:05 PM  

Bontesla: The huge one in Louisiana is probably the only potentially explosive sinkhole though.


Details?  That sounds like fun.
 
2013-03-24 03:03:15 PM  

Mugato: Damn, you guys really hate Florida.


You post here too.
 
2013-03-24 08:30:08 PM  
Another fat chick fell over.
 
2013-03-24 11:47:08 PM  

pciszek: sheep snorter: Remind me never to live on a sand bar that is only there because of an old limestone reef.

A question for anyone with a geology background:  Is there any difference between how sinkholes form and how limestone caves form?  Other than, the ones that persist without collapsing, have an opening to the surface somewhere, and get discovered are called "caves"?

As for the Hurricane Sandy victims...are they getting power back?  If power lines can be run to their homes, why not cable TV, phone, and the rest?  Hell, any new rights of way negotiated for power lines should now include the other wires people need run to their houses as a matter of course.


I am not a geologist (though I work for them), but (WAY oversimplified here, and only talking about 'natural' sinkholes, not cave-ins caused by busted pipes or soil eroding from under roads) sinkholes are limestone caves that have caved in. The life cycle of a sink hole is basically: water pushes through limestone until there's a cave, water moves (or is moved) elsewhere, and if there's not enough to support the weight above, it caves in.

But yeah... they happen all the time, especially in the dry season, and even more so in the dry season after a sudden heavy rain. The most notable I can remember: the agriculture department at my High School had a pasture with a several hundred acre lake. A small sinkhole - about 5 feet in diameter - opened under it, and the whole lake drained into it, so quickly that when the pasture was checked Monday nothing seemed amiss, and on Thursday for class the whole lake was just... gone. I don't think that one even made the news.
 
2013-03-24 11:54:53 PM  
And in my searching, I was reminded of this terrifying event, which happened about two years before the one I speak of, and less than 10 miles away:

http://sinkholereport.com/aquifer-contamination-due-florida-sinkhole -1 994-phosphate-plant-polk-county-fl

(this also may explain Florida in general, actually...)
 
2013-03-25 05:33:02 PM  
America's Wang still has herpes.
 
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