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Pictures: Giant Sinkhole Pierces Guatemala
nationalgeographic ^ | June 1, 2010 | Ker Than

Posted on 06/02/2010 9:39:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono

The appearance of a massive sinkhole in Guatemala City , Guatemala, on Sunday is thought to have been triggered by tropical storm Agatha, a violent tempest that struck Central America over the weekend.

From photographs, the new Guatemala sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep, said James Currens, a hydrogeologist at the University of Kentucky—which explains how the sinkhole was reportedly able to swallow an entire three-story building.

Sinkholes can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil to collapse, Currens said.

Another way sinkholes can form is if water enlarges a natural fracture in a limestone bedrock layer. As the crack gets bigger, the topsoil gently slumps and develops into a sinkhole.

In either case, the final collapse can be sudden, Currens said.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Weather; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: guatemala; sinkhole


1 posted on 06/02/2010 9:39:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

In before the 1st on this 500th posting of the same story ...


2 posted on 06/02/2010 9:40:12 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: JoeProBono

The said it is 30 stories deep. But it looks even deeper.


3 posted on 06/02/2010 9:44:05 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Whoa. Now THATS a sinkhole.


4 posted on 06/02/2010 9:46:09 AM PDT by Lobsterback
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To: JoeProBono

Finally! A place for Obama to put his approval ratings!


5 posted on 06/02/2010 9:47:53 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JoeProBono

That must be where they mean when they say “stick it where the sun don’t shine”! Obama should try to get to the bottom of things on this.


6 posted on 06/02/2010 9:52:56 AM PDT by BruCru (I think, therefore I am conservative!)
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To: JoeProBono

Sign says 'stop' and they mean it!

7 posted on 06/02/2010 9:53:19 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Nachum

where did you see that? I have been trying to figure out how deep it was.


8 posted on 06/02/2010 9:54:36 AM PDT by CharlieOK1 (I refuse to pay for DUmmies' Healthcare!!!)
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To: AngieGal

ping


9 posted on 06/02/2010 9:55:39 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: CharlieOK1

I read it in a news report in Vanity Fair.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/06/what-caused-the-guatemala-sinkhole-and-why-is-it-so-round.html


10 posted on 06/02/2010 9:58:47 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: JoeProBono; All
worm in sink hole

Moments before these pictures were taken...

11 posted on 06/02/2010 10:00:57 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: JoeProBono

Looks like someone divided by zero...


12 posted on 06/02/2010 10:01:18 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: amom

note to self: FR Thread re Guatemala sinkhole of 2007
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1791473/posts


13 posted on 06/02/2010 10:02:58 AM PDT by amom (Proud Blue Star Mom of a deployed US Army tanker)
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To: JRios1968

LOL!


14 posted on 06/02/2010 10:03:06 AM PDT by FourPeas (What do you call a peaceful Hamas protester? Deceased.)
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To: Nachum

Is it really 30 stories deep? What do they do with something like that?


15 posted on 06/02/2010 10:03:06 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: JoeProBono

16 posted on 06/02/2010 10:06:44 AM PDT by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: Beowulf9

I read 30 meters deep.


17 posted on 06/02/2010 10:06:59 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Illegal immigration is destroying America, look what it's done to the White House)
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To: Beowulf9

I have no idea. It’s real scary looking though.


18 posted on 06/02/2010 10:07:37 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: JoeProBono

One hell of a ride on the potty!


19 posted on 06/02/2010 10:08:58 AM PDT by spunkets
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’d rather he’d put his office there.


20 posted on 06/02/2010 10:14:01 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: JoeProBono

You want earth and water? You’ll find plenty of both down there!


21 posted on 06/02/2010 10:19:01 AM PDT by go_W_go
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To: 6SJ7

No left turn either!


22 posted on 06/02/2010 10:19:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The only that’s dropped deeper than that is Salon’s stock price.


23 posted on 06/02/2010 10:20:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: JoeProBono

It looks sooo photoshopped. The lighting down the sides would not be so uniform, and would darken gradually, not as a sudden black circle.


24 posted on 06/02/2010 10:23:09 AM PDT by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: missnry

25 posted on 06/02/2010 10:27:14 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Boiling point

Maybe so.

But, it is real..


26 posted on 06/02/2010 10:28:20 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: JoeProBono

are sinkholes usually so precisely round? the ones i’ve seen have always been very misshaped


27 posted on 06/02/2010 10:41:26 AM PDT by sten
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To: JoeProBono

Why is it so PERFECTLY ROUND???? weird.


28 posted on 06/02/2010 10:41:37 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: JoeProBono

Any reports if this guy was in the area recently?

29 posted on 06/02/2010 10:44:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve seen that before, where is that?


30 posted on 06/02/2010 10:45:24 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Ann Archy; sten

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/06/what-caused-the-guatemala-sinkhole-and-why-is-it-so-round.html


31 posted on 06/02/2010 10:45:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Beowulf9

Great Blue Hole , Belize - This incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize .


32 posted on 06/02/2010 10:47:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dfwgator

33 posted on 06/02/2010 10:58:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks.....not sure I buy that explanation...it is perfectly round for 30 STORIES DOWN??? hmmmmm


34 posted on 06/02/2010 11:11:19 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: Ann Archy

“Guatemala sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep”


35 posted on 06/02/2010 11:16:11 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

And it’s PERFECTLY ROUND all the way to the bottom???


36 posted on 06/02/2010 11:18:19 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: JoeProBono

37 posted on 06/02/2010 11:36:35 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: JoeProBono

38 posted on 06/02/2010 1:57:27 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Lobsterback
Whoa. Now THATS a sinkhole.

Wait until the really big spider comes out of it.

39 posted on 06/02/2010 4:04:29 PM PDT by archy (q)
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To: missnry
The US Government has sent a trio of geological experts to assess the situation, and two are in the area already.


40 posted on 06/02/2010 4:10:57 PM PDT by archy (q)
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To: archy
Ah, the third member of the team has arrived. He'll know how to deal with this.


41 posted on 06/02/2010 4:12:51 PM PDT by archy (q)
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To: archy

Just hand me the popcorn.


42 posted on 06/02/2010 4:43:28 PM PDT by Lobsterback
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To: JoeProBono

A perfectly round hole 100+ feet deep, suddenly opens up and swallows a 3-story building without harming the two building attached to the disappeared building. What kind of building was it? Maybe something really bad happened there. Maybe that is where Obama was born.


43 posted on 06/03/2010 12:18:10 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: JoeProBono

44 posted on 06/03/2010 12:21:36 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: BruCru

I like to see Obama get to the bottom of this!


45 posted on 06/03/2010 12:25:47 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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