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(Northwest Indiana Times)   Scientists baffled as to why mysterious holes keep opening up in one of the dunes at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, including one that swallowed a kid. No word on when they'll call in Kevin Bacon   (nwitimes.com) divider line 78
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2014-04-25 10:43:31 PM
Well that sure led to a lot of questions.  The most obvious:

How deep is the hole?
 
2014-04-25 10:51:42 PM
Falling in holes builds character.

-Mr. Sir
 
2014-04-25 11:46:30 PM
I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.
 
2014-04-26 12:19:14 AM
www.strangebutharmless.com
who?
 
2014-04-26 12:24:22 AM

STAMPEDE!!

 
2014-04-26 12:34:37 AM
Your mom is a mysterious hole.
 
2014-04-26 12:39:39 AM

some_beer_drinker: [www.strangebutharmless.com image 850x478]
who?


some_beer_drinker, do we have wormsign?
 
2014-04-26 12:43:32 AM
ATOMICS!
 
2014-04-26 12:44:17 AM
Can a hole really appear, or are sections of sand just disappearing
 
Skr
2014-04-26 12:44:50 AM

PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.


They are just replacing grass that died off with the same type of marram dune grass. Could very well have been the tourists that made the grass recede in the first place.
 
2014-04-26 12:47:03 AM
Stilgar wanted for questioning.
 
2014-04-26 12:48:10 AM

ciberido: some_beer_drinker: [www.strangebutharmless.com image 850x478]
who?

some_beer_drinker, do we have wormsign?


We have pretzelsign.
 
2014-04-26 12:48:35 AM

PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.


No one has grass around holes anymore, or it's very short.
 
2014-04-26 12:51:35 AM

ciberido: some_beer_drinker: [www.strangebutharmless.com image 850x478]
who?

some_beer_drinker, do we have wormsign?


img.fark.net

"Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen."
 
2014-04-26 12:53:02 AM
As a kid I loved sledding down Mt. Baldy. I don't think you can even walk on it now.
 
2014-04-26 12:53:20 AM

Shazam999: PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.

No one has grass around holes anymore, or it's very short.


Shut up, grass hole.
 
2014-04-26 12:54:24 AM
I didn't know we had dunes in Indiana! Sweeeeet!
 
2014-04-26 12:56:46 AM
we just need to find the natural enemy of the hole... the pile
 
2014-04-26 01:00:46 AM

Skr: PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.

They are just replacing grass that died off with the same type of marram dune grass. Could very well have been the tourists that made the grass recede in the first place.


I'll concede tourists wreck the grass, but make no mistake, they are artificially preserving this specific dune for tourism. If they were concerened about safety they would bring in excavators and level it.
 
2014-04-26 01:01:47 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-26 01:05:58 AM
With helpful photo of absolutely nothing.
 
2014-04-26 01:09:08 AM
qwipster.net
 
2014-04-26 01:11:01 AM
justindrawingdead.com

Broke into the wrong goddamn rec room, didn't ya you bastard!
 
2014-04-26 01:17:54 AM

PreMortem: Skr: PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.

They are just replacing grass that died off with the same type of marram dune grass. Could very well have been the tourists that made the grass recede in the first place.

I'll concede tourists wreck the grass, but make no mistake, they are artificially preserving this specific dune for tourism. If they were concerened about safety they would bring in excavators and level it.


On the other hand, they're preserving the dune and its ecosystem, which is fragile and worth preserving, if only as a protective barrier between the coast and the uplands. (Really, they have value even if you don't care about rare dune species.) So... thanks, tourism.
 
2014-04-26 01:18:39 AM

p the boiler: As a kid I loved sledding down Mt. Baldy. I don't think you can even walk on it now.


I did that once and wound up about a hundred feed onto the lake. At least it was frozen.
 
2014-04-26 01:21:00 AM
Let's see.  They're on the edge of a shiatton of water and water causes sinkholes.  Could water possibly be causing pockets of soil underground to wash away?  Don't similar (but often larger) similar holes open up all over the US when pipes break or lots of water naturally moves underground?
 
2014-04-26 01:21:23 AM
Shai-Hulud!
 
2014-04-26 01:27:49 AM
fracking?
 
2014-04-26 01:28:21 AM
Marram grass will root it out,
 
2014-04-26 01:30:53 AM

zarker: Can a hole really appear, or are sections of sand just disappearing


www.mybizperforms.com
 
2014-04-26 01:31:51 AM

grimlock1972: Shai-Hulud!


Bless the Maker and His water. Bless the coming and the going of Him. And may His passing cleanse the world.
 
2014-04-26 01:33:36 AM

Canton: PreMortem: Skr: PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.

They are just replacing grass that died off with the same type of marram dune grass. Could very well have been the tourists that made the grass recede in the first place.

I'll concede tourists wreck the grass, but make no mistake, they are artificially preserving this specific dune for tourism. If they were concerened about safety they would bring in excavators and level it.

On the other hand, they're preserving the dune and its ecosystem, which is fragile and worth preserving, if only as a protective barrier between the coast and the uplands. (Really, they have value even if you don't care about rare dune species.) So... thanks, tourism.


Agreed.
 
2014-04-26 02:03:24 AM

PreMortem: Canton: PreMortem: Skr: PreMortem: I love how they say they are planting grass to hold the sand in place. They always tell you not to disturb the natural ecosystem by plucking flowers and whatnot but when it comes to preserving a tourist attraction, fark it. And I seriously question whether planting said grasses will prevent these holes.

They are just replacing grass that died off with the same type of marram dune grass. Could very well have been the tourists that made the grass recede in the first place.

I'll concede tourists wreck the grass, but make no mistake, they are artificially preserving this specific dune for tourism. If they were concerened about safety they would bring in excavators and level it.

On the other hand, they're preserving the dune and its ecosystem, which is fragile and worth preserving, if only as a protective barrier between the coast and the uplands. (Really, they have value even if you don't care about rare dune species.) So... thanks, tourism.

Agreed.



He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing.
 
2014-04-26 02:05:18 AM

fusillade762: [justindrawingdead.com image 716x370]

Broke into the wrong goddamn rec room, didn't ya you bastard!


Love that farking flick.

/Way to go dude!
 
2014-04-26 02:17:21 AM

davidphogan: Let's see.  They're on the edge of a shiatton of water and water causes sinkholes.  Could water possibly be causing pockets of soil underground to wash away?  Don't similar (but often larger) similar holes open up all over the US when pipes break or lots of water naturally moves underground?


Wait, you can't claim that any scientist anywhere understands sinkholes! That would contradict the "journalist" who wrote this article. Do you know what kind of shiat you might cause just by suggesting that a "journalist" claiming something can't be "explained by science" might cause?
 
2014-04-26 02:17:53 AM
Strexcorp!  *shakes fist*
 
2014-04-26 02:18:41 AM

zarker: Can a hole really appear, or are sections of sand just disappearing


Sounds like the same sort of thing going on with all the sinkholes, and people still don't know why those started appearing all over the place. Used to be somewhat rare, and easily linked to an abandoned mineshaft or something.
 
2014-04-26 02:20:16 AM
It's probably just viral marketing for Tremors 6.

/They were still working on editing Bruce Willis out of Tremors 5, but Paul Walker died so they have to edit Bruce back in now...
 
2014-04-26 02:25:16 AM
"Scientists" from from the National Park Service, Indiana University and the Indiana Geological Survey still do not know how these holes were formed.

Odd that not a single scientist was named from any of these institutions. I bet there are quite a few biologists who are scientists who might not know, or archaeologists, or chemists, or etc.

Was a single "scientist" you asked a geologist? or a speleologist?
 
2014-04-26 02:33:38 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-26 02:34:02 AM

lewismarktwo: fusillade762: [justindrawingdead.com image 716x370]

Broke into the wrong goddamn rec room, didn't ya you bastard!

Love that farking flick.

/Way to go dude!


I figured that was the Kevin Bacon reference. Could be wrong, though.
 
2014-04-26 02:43:01 AM

evilsofa: It's probably just viral marketing for Tremors 6.

/They were still working on editing Bruce Willis out of Tremors 5, but Paul Walker died so they have to edit Bruce back in now...


I read a review of Walker's last film "Brick Mansions" in my local fishwrap today and they made absolutely no mention of the fact that it was a "District 13" remake. I had to look it up because I knew the premise sounded familiar.
 
2014-04-26 02:44:00 AM
Seems like there was something similar at The Oregon Dunes 40 yrs or so ago.
The  theory was that a long-buried tree trunk decomposed and created the void
 
2014-04-26 02:53:20 AM
img.opposingviews.com
 
2014-04-26 03:13:37 AM
keyszombieguide.com
 
2014-04-26 04:16:32 AM
Anya, it's a giant worm. They're sinking the desert with a giant worm!!
 
2014-04-26 04:44:39 AM
dailygrindhouse.com
'Graboids!'


26.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-26 04:52:42 AM
www.in.gov
media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
www.thisframe.com

/ No point, I just like the posters
 
2014-04-26 05:17:47 AM

some_beer_drinker: [www.strangebutharmless.com image 850x478]
who?


I still love the fact that he's got what looks like a School-Issued Jump Rope wrapped around him.
 
2014-04-26 05:22:17 AM
Speaking of Indy and sand, there is also a big sand prairie over by (Il, I know) Kankakee.
 
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