Scariest and Strange Places around the World (1 of 5)

By:DiversityHuman


Try to figure out your face full of pimples. Prick all those pimples and obviously it leaves holes. I am not going to talk about pimples. I am just giving you a picture on how the world would look like if there's a lot of holes on it.

In general, we will take a look on some noticeable and interesting holes around the globe but before we proceed I will quote wikipedia's definition on sinkholes, depressions, cenote, etc.

A sinkhole, also known as a sink, shake hole, swallow hole, swallet, doline or cenote, is a natural depression or hole in the Earth's surface caused by karst processes — the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks or suffosion processes for example in sandstone. Sinkholes may vary in size from 1 to 600 meters (3.3 to 2,000 ft) both in diameter and depth, and vary in form from soil-lined bowls to bedrock-edged chasms. Sinkholes may be formed gradually or suddenly, and are found worldwide. The different terms for sinkholes are often used interchangeably(wikipedia).

So where are these holes located?

I will present to you various sink holes around the globe. Please be reminded that the items are not being listed in order.

Type: Sinkhole
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Depth: 30 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: A bus driver in Lisbon, Portugal made a lucky escape from a plunging pothole in November 25, 2003. The driver only got minor injuries. Later on a crane was used to lift the bus out of the sinkhole. The ground became loose due to heavy torrential rains in the area.
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Type: Sinkhole
Location: Guatemala
Depth: 330 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: Authorities in Guatemala blaimed the sinkhole formation to heavy rains from the tropical storm Agatha and sewerage flow. The incident killed three people and swallowed dozens of homes. Another sinkhole formation happened in 2010.



Type: Sinkhole
Location: Winter Park, Florida
Depth: 320 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: This was formed in 1981 underneath the city’s public swimming pool. It destroyed an import car dealership, a public pool, and large portions of Denning Drive. In addition, the sinkhole "ate" an entire two-story home. Fortunately, no one was in the house at the time of the incident.



Type: Sinkhole
Location: Mulberry, Florida
Depth: 183 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: It appeared in 1994 in a pile of waste material dumped by mining company IMC-Agrico.



Type: Submarine Sinkhole
Location: Blue hole, Belize
Depth: 407 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: This site was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. This is a popular spot amongst recreational scuba divers, who are lured by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear water and meet several species of fish, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Blacktip shark.



Type: Sinkhole
Location: Picher, Oklahoma
Depth: 40 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: Years of mining for zinc and lead has left Picher, Oklahoma, near the border with Kansas (see map), literally full of holes—including this sinkhole seen in 2008. Some mines were dug too close to the surface, and the roofs were unable to support the weight of earth on top, leading to collapses.



Type: Sinkhole
Location: Jokulsa, Iceland
Depth: 147 feet
Brief description/events highlight, etc: The massive Iceland Sinkhole was created by melts from a glacier. Adventure kayaker Mick Coyne lowers himself down the wall of a sinkhole toward the headwaters of the Jokulsa, Iceland’s second longest river.



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