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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.
 
2014-04-26 05:31:42 AM  

jaspyrnyte: [qwipster.net image 400x300]


Wicked movie
 
2014-04-26 05:50:39 AM  

vharshyde: 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.


Bah, another movie where the book has sensible dress for the conditions and the film removes the headgear so the stars can look cool.
 
2014-04-26 05:56:34 AM  
rouge graduate student with a bucket core looking for diatoms dropped by a Pleistocene seagull my guess
 
2014-04-26 06:03:17 AM  
Uhh, I meant rogue... Fully rouge now from embarrassment. Bad grad student, no drunken commenting.....
 
2014-04-26 06:53:44 AM  

wantingout: fracking?


close
digging a tunnel for a pipeline
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-26 07:11:50 AM  
"Mount Baldy is one of the most visited sites in the national lakeshore, attracting thousands of visitors each year"

That's as much as a person per hour, possibly even two.
 
2014-04-26 07:57:08 AM  
If I were to get stuck there, that would piss me off.
 
2014-04-26 08:12:56 AM  
Did they find the ass-end?
 
2014-04-26 08:17:57 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-26 08:33:28 AM  

squirrelflavoredyogurt: "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?


Right on.  Saying "scientist" is about as useful as saying "health care person."
 
2014-04-26 08:52:26 AM  

Chemguy: squirrelflavoredyogurt: "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?

Right on.  Saying "scientist" is about as useful as saying "health care person."


They at least named the Indiana Geological Survey which does, in fact, employ geologists. I suppose it's possible they got ahold of someone in administration, or possibly an IT guy. Or whoever they talked to (assuming they talked to anyone) might be unwilling to commit to an exact cause for the holes. "Because water or something" is not going to cut it here.

The Chicago Tribune has a better article on this, and it does name a geologist. Not one from the IGS, but one definitely related to the story.

/Specifics are nice
//I agree with that much
///"Scientist" is much too general
 
2014-04-26 09:39:25 AM  
It is a holey place.
 
2014-04-26 09:59:04 AM  

signaljammer: Speaking of Indy and sand, there is also a big sand prairie over by (Il, I know) Kankakee.


With actual cactuses! That's what I'd mind blowing...Illinois has an area with wild cactus.
 
2014-04-26 10:00:55 AM  

fusillade762: [justindrawingdead.com image 716x370]

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


I saw the movie in the theatre.  No one was expecting the scene.  You couldn't hear a thing because there was so much laughter.
 
2014-04-26 10:07:39 AM  
derpicdn.net
It's all fun and games until the pony-eating tentacle monsters show up.
 
2014-04-26 10:17:08 AM  
As on who has done seismic work for oil exploration , looks like someone has done a little drill work!
 
2014-04-26 10:19:04 AM  
Those people were crazy.  The only way to cross is to plant a thumper and then walk without rhythm.
 
2014-04-26 10:27:18 AM  

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

some_beer_drinker, do we have wormsign?

We have pretzelsign.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-26 10:30:13 AM  

signaljammer: Speaking of Indy and sand, there is also a big sand prairie over by (Il, I know) Kankakee.


pleasebekindrewind.files.wordpress.com
They're digging in the wrong place.
 
2014-04-26 10:47:17 AM  
To bad it wasn't a test for Instant Hole from Ant and the Aardvark toon or this Instant Hole

Could have been a Portable Hole
 
2014-04-26 11:12:00 AM  

GungFu: [dailygrindhouse.com image 480x257]
'Graboids!'


[26.media.tumblr.com image 500x459]


your chart has forced me to post the age old question.. in a fight... jedi or bene gesserit?
 
2014-04-26 11:24:14 AM  
Perhaps there's an oxidizing metallic substrate.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-26 12:36:25 PM  
Invaders from Mars ?
 
2014-04-26 12:59:38 PM  
www.eccentric-cinema.com
 
2014-04-26 03:08:37 PM  

Chemguy: squirrelflavoredyogurt: "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?

Right on.  Saying "scientist" is about as useful as saying "health care person."


The preferred nomenclature is "scientician".

simpsonsscreenshots.com
 
2014-04-26 04:37:38 PM  

JonnyBGoode: [www.eccentric-cinema.com image 302x184]


That was my first thought.
That movie scared the beegeesus out of me.
 
2014-04-26 06:16:40 PM  

GungFu: [dailygrindhouse.com image 480x257]
'Graboids!'


img.fark.net

Are they seriously trying to suggest that this

plus4chan.org

is larger than this?

img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-04-27 03:52:51 AM  
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