Top Ten Huge Sinkholes Worldwide

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Sinkholes can be found around the world and hide mysteries scientists have been trying to discover. Below are top ten huge sinkholes worldwide that appeared due to different reasons.

 

The sinkhole in Guatemala

A huge sinkhole that opened up in 2007 in Guatemala City is reportedly about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep immediately after it collapsed.

Though officials filled in the pit with large rocks and other debris, its sides sloped in ward over time due to erosion by water and the drying effects of air.

Three years later, another sinkhole also occurred in Guatemala with the same measurement as this one.


The sinkhole in Guatemala

The sinkhole in Guatemala


Sinkholes can occur anywhere and the famous Blue Hole in Lighthouse Reef off the coast of Belize is an example. As for the sinkholes near the sea or in the sea, seawater is able to leak fast after a collapse, forming a deep pool.


The Blue Hole in Belize

The Blue Hole in Belize


Many sinkholes have opened up in Picher, Oklahoma, near the border with Kansas, due to years of mining for lead and zinc. Some mines were even dug too close to the surface while the roofs couldn’t support the earth’s weight on top, which led to the collapses. The same situations happened in Missouri and western Pennsylvania.


A sinkhole in Picher, Oklahoma

A sinkhole in Picher, Oklahoma


An adventure kayaker Mick Coyne dives into the wall of a sinkhole toward the headwaters of the Jokulsa, Iceland's second longest river. The inverted funnel-shaped hole is 150-foot (45-meter) deep.


An Iceland sinkhole

An Iceland sinkhole


A wet limestone sinkhole called Neversink Pit in Alabama, which was bought by a group of cavers to preserve it for future generations in the 1990s, is about 50 feet (15 meters) deep and home to a rare species of fern.


Neversink Pit in Alabama

Neversink Pit in Alabama

 

Other huge sinkholes in the world


A parked bus unfortunately falls into a sinkhole that opened up in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2003

A parked bus unfortunately falls into a sinkhole that opened up in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2003


A huge sinkhole opened up in Guatemala after the heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha

A huge sinkhole opened up in Guatemala after the heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha


The sinkhole in Winter Park, Florida, occurred in 1981 underneath the city's public swimming pool

The sinkhole in Winter Park, Florida, occurred in 1981 underneath the city's public swimming pool


The 185-foot-deep (56-meter-deep) sinkhole appeared in 1994 in Mulberry, Florida

The 185-foot-deep (56-meter-deep) sinkhole appeared in 1994 in Mulberry, Florida


Swimmers float in the saphirre water of the Ik-Kil sinkhole, Mexico

Swimmers float in the saphirre water of the Ik-Kil sinkhole, Mexico

 

 

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This article was published on 2011/05/11