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A Pun on Sinkholes?

Posted on June 7, 2010 | Adventure TravelNo Comment


Guatemala CityThe recent giant sinkhole that opened beneath the Guatemala City’s downtown over the weekend is all in rage right now. The only controversy in the entire scenario is that it isn’t a sinkhole, though it’s claimed to be.  The supposed sinkhole is 100 foot deep, and 66 foot side circular chasm.

Geologists refer to this as a “piping feature” and claim that it is wrong to call it a sinkhole. Sinkholes refer to areas where bedrock is solid but has been sucked away by groundwater, which forms a geological “Swiss cheese” whose contours are nearly impossible to predict. I have written about sinkholes a  few days back. (http://www.travel-worth.net/diving-into-the-sinkholes.html)
The situation with Guatemala is that the lion’s share of the city is built on pumice fill of ash flows made up of loose, and gravel like particles deposited during ancient times. In some of the places, the debris is piled over 600 feet thick, which fills up, what would otherwise be a v-shaped valley of faulted bedrock.

Guatemala City Sinkhole

In the year 2007, a similar hole opened up after a sewage pipe broke, just a few miles away from this weekend’s disaster. Geologists say that this could again happen in the future. The water flowing from storm water runoff, a sewage pipe, or any other kind of storm flow can easily rip off the soil and eat away loose material. If this happens in the future then it can collapse all the surrounding buildings and bring disaster.

Guatemala Sinkhole Depth

The Guatemala City is home to nearly 3 million people. Out of these 1 to 1.5 million people are residing on these fills, the rest are perched on the valleys. If this calamity happens again, which might be a possibility, and then it can hamper the existence of the people in the area.

Guatemala Sinkhole

The places with sinkholes are a major tourist destination in the world. Though, the city is struck with calamity presently, yet it has made its mark to be one of the places to have an unnatural opening inbetween the city limits. Florida and Muscat are some of the places which are a tourist spot for those who love to visit the areas that have giant sinkholes.

Guatemala City Sinkhole Depth
There are many activities that can be done in a sinkhole. Like mountain climbing, “sinkhole climbing” is also an adventure sports. It is truly recommended to go and visit these places and record history.

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