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Giant hole opens in Guatemala

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Courtesy: Guatemalan Government

By James Dacey

For me it is the sheer precision that is so astonishing.

This image shows a 60 m “sinkhole” that opened up on Sunday in Guatemala City, a result of the tropical storm Agatha that has been bombarding Central America.

The phenomenon is a common feature of karst landscapes, common in all continents except Antarctica. The bedrock in these zones is usually formed of carbonates such as limestone, which are highly prone to chemical weathering and dissolution. Sinkholes can result when underground cavities can no longer support the overlying sediment, and they can be triggered by even a small amount of rainfall.

The opening of this sinkhole is not reported to have killed anyone, unlike a separate hole in the same area that killed 3 people back in 2007.

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4 comments

  1. John Duffield

    Me too. I did a double-take when I saw it, and thought Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

  2. Dileep Sathe

    Sinkhole: Like James, I am also very much astonished by the precision of the hole. This photo be included in a suitable text of school / college for motivating students to learn geology.

  3. Michael Collins

    This photo has been photoshopped – look at the perfect black hole at the bottom – where is all of the debris which actually fell in?

  4. Steve Holland

    To me this “sink hole” looks like an ancient drill hole, which filled up long ago, only to be reopened by the storm. this hole is so precise, it looks like a giant laser drilled it. Sounds crazy, but maybe this was a test hole done by ? Looking for minerals on earth.

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