Midnight In The Desert — sinkholes

Why This Giant Crack Opened Up In Kenya's Rift Valley

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Why This Giant Crack Opened Up In Kenya's Rift Valley

Mai Mahiu-Narok road, in a region just west of Nairobi, Kenya, used to be fully intact. Then, after a period of heavy rainfall late last month, a massive crack was exposed. According to the local news outlet, Daily Nation, it measures 50 feet deep and 65 feet wide in some spots. Geologist David Adede, who spoke with the paper, said the crack was likely filled previously with volcanic ash from nearby Mt. Longonot. This means the space was only exposed when rainwater washed the ash away. Reuters reports that the opening formed rapidly. One resident named Eliud Njoroge Mbugua saw...

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Why Does Florida Keep Getting Sinkholes?

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Why Does Florida Keep Getting Sinkholes?

Frank Neumann got quite a shock around 1 a.m. on Thursday when he heard a sinkhole open up at his retirement community in central Florida. A few hours later, around 3 a.m., police knocked on Neumann's door and told him he had to leave. "I heard some noise," Neumann tells WCJB. "I thought it was thunder. Evidently that was the ground crashing in on the sinkhole." Five other sinkholes have opened up in the area. In addition to Neumann's home, one other house has been condemned and two have been evacuated. But how do sinkholes form? Why does Florida get...

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Massive Holes Suddenly Opening in World's Biggest Glacier

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Massive Holes Suddenly Opening in World's Biggest Glacier

It’s bad news when giant holes open in the middle of neighborhoods, swallowing cars and occasionally people into abysses formed by erosion, abandoned mines or faulty construction. It’s worse news when giant holes open in Siberia, releasing methane gas that was kept in check until climate change changed the permafrost. Now there are reports that massive holes are suddenly appearing in the world’s largest glacier. Another sign of the apocalypse? Are we running out of places to move (or hide)? “There was 100 meters of thick glacier before Now we see it down in a rock that has not been...

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How Deep Can You Dig a Hole?

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How Deep Can You Dig a Hole?

Elon Musk's got everyone thinking about tunnels these days, with their potential to change transportation and alleviate traffic. But how far down can you go before digging gets impossible, wether you're trying to go down or horizontal? The deepest hole you could actually fall into is the Moab Khotsong mineshaft in South Africa, southwest of Johannesburg. At 1.9 miles down, the fall down would be a lengthy 25 seconds, probably enough time to text someone "Uh oh I am falling to my death." While only 9 inches in diameter, the deepest artificial hole in the world belongs to Russia, a...

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Huge explosion in Russia leaves 165ft crater in Arctic tundra

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