novenator:

Now THIS is a sinkholeFollowing Tropical Storm Agatha, a massive sinkhole opened up in an intersection in Guatemala City. It swallowed a 3-story building. These are called Piping Features by geologists, and are relatively common in Karst Topography deposits (usually limestone). National Geographic had a good spread on this http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100601-sinkhole-in-guatemala-2010-world-science/Photo credit: +Paulo Raquec More information:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala_City#Piping_pseudokarsthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karst_topographyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piping_pseudokarst#Notable_sinkholeshttp://gizmodo.com/5551916/the-gates-of-hell-just-opened-in-guatemala

novenator:

Now THIS is a sinkhole

Following Tropical Storm Agatha, a massive sinkhole opened up in an intersection in Guatemala City. It swallowed a 3-story building. These are called Piping Features by geologists, and are relatively common in Karst Topography deposits (usually limestone). 

National Geographic had a good spread on this http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100601-sinkhole-in-guatemala-2010-world-science/


Photo credit: +Paulo Raquec 

More information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala_City#Piping_pseudokarst
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karst_topography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piping_pseudokarst#Notable_sinkholes
http://gizmodo.com/5551916/the-gates-of-hell-just-opened-in-guatemala

(via fyeahgeology)

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