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Giant Sinkhole Continues To Grow, Scientists To Study It
kltv ^ | 6/29/05 | Julie Tam

Posted on 08/17/2005 10:45:04 AM PDT by jb6

The mysterious giant sinkhole in Smith County is getting bigger.

It's now up to 80 feet in diameter. And water has started to bubble up from the bottom.

It has become quite an attraction for the public. And TX-DOT says that's dangerous. Crews have put up more barriers to keep people from getting too close and possibly hurting themselves.

The sinkhole formed Sunday morning, and it was close to 100 feet deep. Since then, more pavement and dirt have fallen in.

TX-DOT plans to send out scientists in the next couple of days to figure out the cause.


TOPICS: US: Texas
KEYWORDS: crack; nature; sinkhole; texas; tx; wearedoomed
Massive Crack Opens In Earth In Texas

Some parts measure more than 30-feet deep and it drained what use to be a pond

By First Coast News Staff

CLAUDE, TX -- A massive crack in the earth opened up last week in Claude, Texas and its creating a stir among geologists.

Geologists said Tuesday the crack was a joint in the earth's crust. They believe the opening is the result of a weak point in the joint where one spot slips away from the other.

Some parts measure more than 30-feet deep and it drained what use to be a pond. Experts say earth cracks are common but the size of the crack in Claude is not.

1 posted on 08/17/2005 10:45:06 AM PDT by jb6
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To: jb6

False alarm. Scientists found Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy lying face down, nude where the sinkhole was reported to be located.


2 posted on 08/17/2005 10:46:05 AM PDT by RockinRight (Democrats - Trying to make an a$$ out of America since 1933)
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To: RockinRight

It's gong to swallow up that Soldier Protester Mom, just give me time, I keep running out of drill bits ...


3 posted on 08/17/2005 10:47:11 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: jb6

The cause of this is simple. President Bush is in Texas. Therefore he's causing this condition. The AP, NYT, and the rest of the MSM should be all over this.


4 posted on 08/17/2005 10:47:35 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: jb6

Man, what I wouldn't pay to have one of these things open up at a certain point just outside the Bush ranch.


5 posted on 08/17/2005 10:47:38 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: jb6
Experts say earth cracks are common but the size of the crack in Claude is not.

Xperts haven't been to Texas---Where Everything is Bigger

6 posted on 08/17/2005 10:48:24 AM PDT by 1riot1ranger
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To: jb6

They can study it all they want, but I want my Honda back. Momma told me to stay off the crack and now I'm paying the price.


7 posted on 08/17/2005 10:48:33 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: jb6

The headline should read:

"Huge hole appears. Scientists are looking into it."


8 posted on 08/17/2005 10:48:48 AM PDT by henkster (When democrats talk of "the rich," they are referring to anyone with a private sector job.)
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To: jb6

Casey is rolling over in his grave..........


9 posted on 08/17/2005 10:52:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? GOOOOGLE your own name. Want to have fun? GOOOOGLE your neighbor's......)
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To: henkster

I guess it takes a "scientist" to figure out an underground stream has eroded some soil away, causing the sink hole. DUH.

One would think water bubbling up would be a major CLUE.


10 posted on 08/17/2005 10:53:43 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: 1riot1ranger

Who would have thought Claude's crack was that large?


11 posted on 08/17/2005 10:53:51 AM PDT by PaRebel (The Constitution has no off-switch. Repeal the 17th amendment.)
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To: jb6

We're Doomed!

12 posted on 08/17/2005 10:53:54 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: henkster

That was a funny one. Thanks.


13 posted on 08/17/2005 10:54:13 AM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: jb6

Mother Earth decided to swallow up Sheehan and other Satanic minions, but had second thoughts about the indigestion it might cause.


14 posted on 08/17/2005 10:55:00 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: jb6
Experts say earth cracks are common

Here I thought everybody had one. Or was that an opinion?

15 posted on 08/17/2005 10:55:26 AM PDT by IamConservative (The true character of a man is revealed in what he does when no one is looking.)
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To: OXENinFLA

300 tons of spackle should be sent immediately..


16 posted on 08/17/2005 10:55:28 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: jb6

Looks like a new fishin' hole in the Panhandle next year.


17 posted on 08/17/2005 10:55:33 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: jb6
Giant Sinkhole Ping List
Let me know if you want on or off the list.
This is a low volume ping list (Thank God!)

18 posted on 08/17/2005 10:56:52 AM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: jb6; Dog Gone; martin_fierro
It has become quite an attraction for the public. And TX-DOT says that's dangerous. Crews have put up more barriers to keep people from getting too close and possibly hurting themselves.

Hmmmmm... maybe they should hire a consultant from PennDOT.
PennDOT isn't good for much, but that little pothole is kinda puny. They fill 'em all the time.

19 posted on 08/17/2005 10:57:06 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: jb6

Claude has a big crack.


20 posted on 08/17/2005 10:58:12 AM PDT by BJClinton (Billy Jack: One tin moonbat rides away)
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To: LittleJoe

Your well?


21 posted on 08/17/2005 10:58:28 AM PDT by null and void (Be vewwy vewwy qwiet, we're hunting wahabbits...)
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To: jb6

If it keeps going, we can close Yukka Mountain..... ;-)


22 posted on 08/17/2005 10:58:36 AM PDT by b4its2late (Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.)
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To: jb6

23 posted on 08/17/2005 11:00:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: socal_parrot

absolutely...


24 posted on 08/17/2005 11:01:13 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: jb6

Dammit, I missed - was trying to open it under Cindy Sheehan.


25 posted on 08/17/2005 11:01:39 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: jb6

I thought this story was about Madonna!!


26 posted on 08/17/2005 11:03:30 AM PDT by navysealdad
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To: socal_parrot

Excellent, I want on this ping list. Giant sinkholes are about the best relief from the "real news" that I can imagine.


27 posted on 08/17/2005 11:03:53 AM PDT by leoncaruthers
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To: Willie Green; xsmommy; SoothingDave

It's a 'Burgh Thing.

28 posted on 08/17/2005 11:04:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jb6

I thought that headline was another article about Madonna being banged up again.


29 posted on 08/17/2005 11:04:46 AM PDT by maplenut
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To: ken5050

OR Cracker Barrel could send a tanker of their Chipped Beef recipe. Nevermind, it'd have to then be designated a toxic waste cleanup zone.


30 posted on 08/17/2005 11:05:57 AM PDT by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: ken5050

I just have to ask..do you wake up every morning and first thing type "giant sinkhole" into Google?


31 posted on 08/17/2005 11:08:49 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: jb6


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MASSIVE CRACKPOT OPENS CONTEMPORARY VOICES LECTURE SERIES

Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.

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Book: "Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom From the Front Row at the White House"

Helen Thomas is a Hearst newspaper columnist who served for 87 years as a correspondent for United Press International and White House bureau chief. She wrote radio news for UPI, and has traveled to China with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, as well as Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Oh, never mind.
32 posted on 08/17/2005 11:10:39 AM PDT by OESY
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To: jb6
Giant Sinkhole Continues To Grow, Scientists To Study It

These guys must have been born yesterday.

The Blue Hole

33 posted on 08/17/2005 11:11:32 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: martin_fierro
It's a 'Burgh Thing.

You got that right. They call that lil pot hole a "dangerous thing"?

That ain't no stinking big sink hole.

Come to the Burgh, now we got sum sink holes!

Eat that puny lil pot hole up!

34 posted on 08/17/2005 11:14:10 AM PDT by Al Gator (Remember to pillage BEFORE you burn!)
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To: jb6

Is this one of the areas in Texas that continues to be in a drought?


35 posted on 08/17/2005 11:14:24 AM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Dog Gone; martin_fierro
CLAUDE, TX -- A massive crack in the earth opened up last week in Claude, Texas and its creating a stir among geologists.

I don't know where Claude, Tx is...
But if it's anywhere near the Mexican border, it COULD be very similar to the mine subsidence problems encountered by PennDOT engineers.

36 posted on 08/17/2005 11:16:59 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: jb6
...and it drained what use to be a pond.

I'll bet Mother Nature didn't get permission to drain that pond from the Corp. of Engineers.

37 posted on 08/17/2005 11:24:59 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Willie Green

It's way up there near Amarillo.


39 posted on 08/17/2005 11:35:07 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
It's way up there near Amarillo.

Whoa! I never realized that the illegals could tunnel THAT far!
They sure are sneaky little devils, aren't they?

40 posted on 08/17/2005 11:39:22 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: jb6
Experts say earth cracks are common but the size of the crack in Claude is not.

Wait! It get's worse, tell him about the twinkie Ray.
41 posted on 08/17/2005 11:44:52 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: shield
Is this one of the areas in Texas that continues to be in a drought?

Smith county is in East Texas. Claude, TX is in the panhandle. Smith County has been under a drought. http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
42 posted on 08/17/2005 12:29:05 PM PDT by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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To: ken5050
I just have to ask..do you wake up every morning and first thing type "giant sinkhole" into Google?

Is that rhetorical? :)

43 posted on 08/17/2005 1:21:21 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: TexasGunLover
Thanks...folks think sink holes, cracks are something unusual...9 x's out of 10 it's easily explainable...drought is a major cause.
44 posted on 08/17/2005 1:39:36 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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Giant Sinkhole Continues To Grow, Scientists To Study It


45 posted on 08/17/2005 1:43:35 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: 1riot1ranger
Xperts haven't been to Texas---Where Everything is Bigger

Yep, that is just a Texas pot hole.

46 posted on 08/17/2005 2:35:31 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: jb6

I know sh*# happens, but doesn't the warranty cover stuff like this?


47 posted on 08/17/2005 2:38:03 PM PDT by HuronMan
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Dammit, I missed - was trying to open it under Cindy Sheehan.

Hate to tell you this, but you need to boresight your drill.

It's a long trip from the Panhandle to Crawford.

48 posted on 08/17/2005 2:44:00 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Ole Okie
Hate to tell you this, but you need to boresight your drill.

Well, I'm here in East Tennessee - and we're firing the device from out on a desert island in the Pacific. We got pretty close....

49 posted on 08/17/2005 3:20:45 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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