Wednesday, June 02, 2010

What Do You Suppose is Down There?





An anonymous reader recently alerted me to the remarkable sinkhole that opened up in the middle of Guatemala City on Sunday. (Thanks, Anonymous!) It's sixty feet across. And THIRTY STORIES DEEP. And it could get bigger! I've posted about this kind of phenomenon before, but the National Geographic's pictures of the latest sinkhole are absolutely amazing.

According to the experts at NG, "Sinkholes are natural depressions that can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil to collapse."

OK, I kinda buy it. But what's an "existing void in the soil?" Are we talking underground caverns, here? Enormous natural chambers thirty stories underground?

'Cause if that's what we're talking about, I have one simple question. How do we know they're empty?

23 Comments:

Blogger kathleen said...

OMG! I smell another secret city . . . . . . . . .

10:15 AM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...

I heard about this yesterday. It swallowed a 30 story building!!!!!!! I hope there's a shadow city down there!

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Golden Eagle said...

When I first saw that image I was like "HOAX!" but I tend to believe NatGeo, and there are too many images.

I sure wouldn't want THAT to open up in the nearest city. I can just picture going to the library and looking into a giant hole. :P

2:58 PM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

:O That's so exciting? Why does it always seem like these things are happening some where else?! Not fair... I wish I could go and explore it xD

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first saw that image I was like "HOAX!" but then i read it here! :P

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

guatemala seems to be the place for sinkholes. if you type in 'sinkhole' in the little search bar in the top left corner, there is an old post about another sinkhole in guatemala. it even has a similar heading/title.
how odd.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Julia Branches said...

I heard about this on world news! It is so weird! But very interesting! I worried about the people who owned the property.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

I saw that picture in the newspaper! The sinkholes (there are more than one) were caused by a tropical storm that went through the area.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Lets all go over there and climb down inside it!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Some Lost Melody said...

Jeez it looks like it just ends right there with no bottom! :O

11:36 PM  
Blogger Reby said...

We should all meet there and repel down there and find out.:)

5:00 PM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...

yesSSSS!!!!!! lets all go explore the sink hole!!

6:10 PM  
Blogger MorethanMe said...

I'm going to new york this sunday!!!!!!!!!! *off topic*

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Clare said...

I was going to send you this! but then I didn't have time, But know that I thought of you when I saw it.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be a really big rabbit to make a hole like that. Curiouser and curiouser.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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PEACE

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

What makes it so perfectly . . . round? I wonder if one has ever opened up right under someone. How quickly do they form, does anyone know?

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wondering... will there b a third kiki strike book?

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Betty :) said...

so awesome! wish it was in calif though.....

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard about it first, I immediatly thought of Kiki Strike! It's so amaizing and scary with those giant holes showing up! @montana irregulars Wow! Did it swallow a 30 story building?! That must have been terrifying being in that building! Waaa! It's so... Waaa!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh. :O
This sounds like some sort of secret entrance to the Aztec underworld (Mictlan). Maybe Mictlantecuhtli or Mictlantecihuatl decided to open it up. But why?...
*has overactive imagination and loves learning about underworlds*

8:01 PM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

This is one mystery that I HAVE TO SOLVE! Isn't there a way that people can go down there and investigate or something? I just want to go to the bottom and have a look.

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! thats terrifying and amazing and extremely intriguing!!!!

SHADOW CITY HERE WE COME!


--eloise

5:43 PM  

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