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Why Are Giant Sinkholes Appearing All Over America? Is Something Happening To The Earth's Crust?

March 3rd, 2013 | End of the American Dream

Where are all of these giant sinkholes coming from? Of course there have always been sinkholes, but over the past few years it seems like both the severity and the number of giant sinkholes has been increasing dramatically. So exactly why are so many giant sinkholes appearing all over America all of a sudden? Is something happening to the earth’s crust, or is there some other explanation?

The “experts” are blaming this epidemic of sinkholes on things like loose soil, acidic groundwater, new construction, leaky water pipes, coal mines, fracking, long periods of drought followed by rain, and depletion of underground aquifers, but do they really understand what is going on?

On Thursday, a 37-year-old man named Jeffrey Bush living near Tampa, Florida died when the earth underneath his home suddenly opened up and swallowed him alive.

His brother tried to help him when he heard Jeffrey screaming, but it was too late. The entire bedroom was sucked deep into the earth and the home had to be rapidly abandoned. Now authorities are admitting that he will probably never be found. So is this type of thing really “normal”? It would be one thing if this was just an isolated incident, but the truth is that giant sinkholes have been appearing with increasing frequency all over the planet lately.

Could this be an indication that major earth changes are on the way?

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I just realized the victim was Jeffrey Bush.

Cosmic "tyrant round up" in a case of mistaken identity?
Eh, probably not...

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

something I haven't studied--

SO many things I haven't studied--LOL!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

It's just another case of the

It's just another case of the media selectively reporting stuff to cause panic. They aren't more frequent, people just get a boner for stuff and it becomes the hot topic for a while. Everywhere that sink holes are common, the USGS has had mapped out the probabilities for decades now. Sink holes are caused by water, so I fail to see how you could blame some kind of bat shit crust destabilization theory to it. Most infrastructure (water mains and storm sewers) is from the early 20th century, so it's going to start breaking down more and more as time goes on. This recent thing caused a huge boner amongst the people who like to find panic in everything simply because it happened under a house.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

Salt is water soluble

Our crust is made of salt. Certain natural reactions cause salty crust to deteriorate. (One such substance is methane.)

Methane seeps out of the very bottom of the ocean, and also oil wells into the sea floor that aren't capped properly (I.e, BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico)

Not saying it's that spill, but ONE of many causes of salt breakdown is methane.

Is your first assumption correct?

... that there are more than usual? Some have already said that they are just being reported more, but I don't see any difference in the reporting either. Sinkholes have been happening in FL forever, and I doubt you could show any statistics that prove that they are happening more now than at other time in the last century.

Just outside of Tallahassee here, there is a state park just made up of a bunch of sinkholes. A few years ago, a sinkhole swallowed up a Porsche dealership down in south FL.

Totally unrelated to drilling, mining, or fracking. Acid rain, yes, but sinkholes are older than man's pollution, so they are not just from man-caused acid rain.

FS-Patriot... PM me... I got my MS from that department...

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Here's some data on Florida.

Arranged by county, so hard to quickly ferret out, but I noticed Hillsborough County seemed to have a dramatic increase in 2010 just flipping through the file.
http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/WEB/sinkholes/Subside...

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

These holes take a very very long time to form.

The acid in our surface water is tannic acid. It eats away at the limestone beneath the ground,s surface. The acid comes from oak and other tree leaves. Especially oak. The sheet flow has a red hue from the tannins. It always has - or so long as humans have been here. The sink holes take roughly a million years to form. The collapsing is what we witness. There are two kinds. A rapidly collapsing variety and a slow collapser. They both are formed the same way and over the same amount of time, but collapse at different rates.

Just found this video about how sinkholes are formed in nature.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nGkDo...!

But there are other reasons for man-made sinkholes.

accurate, just like florida

but what are the other reasons for man-made sinkholes you mention?

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Bayou Corne sinkhole!

This is man-made. Watch the video to see it from the beginning and it continues to grow to this day covering acres of land and giving off methane gas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzk36vf16Ug

OUCH! That is just one scary place--

Thank you for posting.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Great Vid!

Thanks for posting clynbrit...

You are welcome.

This is one of the topics I like keep an eye on. Here is another amazing video showing the sinkhole (man-made) forming and it explains what caused it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzk36vf16Ug

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Sinkholes around the world

The recent tragedy in Florida has refocused attention on this natural occurrence, which often causes significant property damage and occasionally takes human life

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/slideshow/Sinkholes-around-the...

Over here, it's big well for

Over here, it's big well for lithium production. The ground water passing through the lithium salts dissolves them leaving a large hole underground full of water.

Eventually the ground sinks a little, then poof, the whole thing, maybe 300' wide will just fall into the earth, maybe 100' deep.

Pan around this shot, you'll see the holes.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=89049&hl=en&ll=37.803715,-117...

Amazing.

Your explanation makes sense. Any kind of salt will dissolve in water.

I am thinking that when you build develpments

in land that was once a swamp and you are going to get sink holes.

The earths crust is a little deeper than 100 ft. I wouldn't worry about it.

Not saying some sinkholes are not from mining, fracking etc. But I am not going to think too hard why a sink hole in a swamp occured. Seems to me, as with most things, the geat power of the earth won out over the tiny power harnessed by man.

fracking, really??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crust_%28geology%29

The earths crust is much thicker than 100'. It amazes me how misinformed people are on fracking... Most formations that are fracked are at a depth of at least 5,000 ft and up to 12,000 ft. The reason why you have to frac it is because the rock it tight (it has very low porosity/permeability)so the oil cannot flow. You frac (fracture) the rock in order to communicate the reservoir with the well bore so that oil can flow. Fractures typically stretch out about 200-300 ft. Reservoirs that we produce water from are near surface and there is thousands of feet between the two units.

It amazes me that some people on DP have not done their research on the topic and just trust all the lies fed to them. Get out there and look up the facts!

Please do your research guys!! If you really want to know the truth on the subject, look up anything published by Dr. Scott Tinker. He works here in Austin at BEG and is one of the leading researchers on the future of global energy.You can even watch documentaries that are not biased toward either side. Simply presenting the facts. I highly recommend the movie spOILed.

I will go ahead and anticipate the down votes and negative comments to come.

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

It amazes me some people on the dp

cannot read a simple sentence.

"The earths crust is much thicker than 100'."
I stated the crust is a little deeper than 100ft(that little deeper is called sarcasm) - where's the disconnect?

And did I state any knowledge of fracking? No - I merely stated that I am NOT aruging those points(which, if you do your research indicates that I am neither for or against the subject and is usually meant to indicate that the poster is admitting ignorance of the facts concerning such things they wish not to argue)

I did not mean to step on your employers toes and in no way was offering any knowledge on the subject of fracking. You can happily report back to the Dr. that this was a false alarm, and I was not bashing his purely unbiased research(paid for by those wishing to produce more energy - just saying).

whoa

man, I'm sorry I was not trying to offend you.. And when I said people I am not referring to you.. Look at my post down below on this thread.. damn. FYI I dont have employees and do not work with Tinker. And no, he works in research for the state

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

Sorry dude

but you did reply to my post - so I assumed you were directing it at me.

all good

sorry. i am tired of arguing in posts and am going to try harder to point out facts without calling out others. its hard to do when you are aggravated and communicating through the internet

it is also very easy to misread the tone of the person you might be arguing with

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

True that

**Bartender - send Texan4Liberty one on me

Cheers.

Idk why this is getting

Idk why this is getting upvoted it's basically ignoring scientific facts in hopes of another conspiracy theory. It's like saying " scientists and experts claim we need water to live, but is this really what's going on?" Stick with the facts.

Democracy is like two wolves and a sheep deciding whats for dinner- Benjamin Franklin

I've got some Christians in my family

They claim sinkholes are on the rise due to God's wrath and the prediction that natural disasters would increase.

Lol.

porosity!

it also demonstrates once again that most people think that aquifers are underground caves that can collapse. This is not true. The majority of aquifers are in porous rock... Think of a water soaked sponge vs. a swimming pool. Not saying they don't exist but this is a huge misconception...

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

Regardless here in florida

Regardless here in florida our porous aquifers are slowly being eaten away by acidic ground water and eventually the overlying weight overcomes the structual integrity of the rock and a sinkhole is formed. Idk what your point is though

Democracy is like two wolves and a sheep deciding whats for dinner- Benjamin Franklin

I was speaking in regards to

I was speaking in regards to places where a karst environment is not present.. A karst environment must be present for the formation of sinkholes. if draw-down occurs like you said.. it will affect the structural integrity leading to subsidence, not a sinkhole

- we were walking about diff things

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

I think you are right about acid ground water.

All the spraying of chemicals in the atmosphere for over 60 years has made acid rain and that makes acid ground water.

They were and are spraying sulfur, BUT sulfur and water make sulfur acid! I have seen it on my garden leaves the last few years. Gardens do poorly with acid rain. Maybe that is why so many sinkholes are appearing lately. Acid rain dissolves limestone.

It depends on where there is a lot of limestone

Usually where there is limestone there are deep underground springs or aquifers.