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   Undertoad  Monday May 31 10:37 PM

May 31, 2010: New Guatemalan sinkhole



When gvidas forwarded along this shot from a NY Times blog, I thought, no, we've already had this shot in February 2007; but no, they say this is an entirely *different* precisely round sink hole eating up the roads and homes of crappy, downtrodden Guatemala City.

They say this one is blamed on the tropical storm there, but the last one wasn't due to any storm.



Very suspicious. Is something cutting secret holes in Guatemala? What could be their reasoning?



monster  Monday May 31 10:39 PM

consider that goats*d



lumberjim  Monday May 31 10:50 PM

shopp'd



monster  Monday May 31 11:29 PM

eat'n



Wombat  Tuesday Jun 1 02:50 AM

Keep an eye out for very large pillars of rock appearing somewhere. Although I'm not sure how the rock-thief moved them from Guatemala to their new location.



Nikolai  Tuesday Jun 1 04:26 AM

The sandworms of Dune on holiday?



Ibby  Tuesday Jun 1 05:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nikolai View Post
The sandworms of Dune on holiday?
NO. IT'S THE SILURIANS! HOMO REPTILIA!


SPUCK  Tuesday Jun 1 06:34 AM

I would not be walking around that..


They have to be man caused. There aren't a bunch of these spattered all around. They all end up in South American cities, where pavement and plumbing run. And it's after decades of the city being there. I'm surprised to see no pipes or plumbing running thru the sides. Could they just sort of be running into cesspools that dissolve away the under-dirt?

Now the un-ded have direct access.



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Jun 1 08:50 AM

It's like urban crop circles.



TheDaVinciChode  Tuesday Jun 1 09:16 AM

You know how, sometimes, you'll poke a pie, with either a fork, or your finger... to see if it's ready to be eaten?

Yeah... What do you think Galactus does, prior to eating planets?

... We're screwed.




classicman  Tuesday Jun 1 09:30 AM

Strange that I cannot find a credible news source on it. There were a couple that just referenced the original article. Bummer.



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Jun 1 09:44 AM

Hey, that guy's in Flint's post in the Shooting Hummingbirds thread.



TheDaVinciChode  Tuesday Jun 1 09:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
Hey, that guy's in Flint's post in the Shooting Hummingbirds thread.
See? He's coming!


glatt  Tuesday Jun 1 09:59 AM

It's amazing to me how these sinkholes end up having such vertical sides. I'd expect the sides to collapse inward, creating a funnel shape.



ToastyOhs  Tuesday Jun 1 10:14 AM

What do they do with them after?

Once they are old news, what do you do with a giant 300 foot sinkhole?



TheDaVinciChode  Tuesday Jun 1 10:25 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ToastyOhs View Post
What do they do with them after?

Once they are old news, what do you do with a giant 300 foot sinkhole?
Make it a tourist attraction, boot out the poor residents, revitalise the neighbourhood, and move in the rich folk.

Maybe BP will plug it up. ... although they're not very good at that, are they?


Pie  Tuesday Jun 1 12:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDaVinciChode View Post
You know how, sometimes, you'll poke a pie, with either a fork, or your finger... to see if it's ready to be eaten?
Hey!


Cloud  Tuesday Jun 1 12:11 PM

the pic was on CNN today. They say it's the result of a hurricane, but it's OBVIOUSLY a Hellmouth!



jinx  Tuesday Jun 1 12:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
I'm surprised to see no pipes or plumbing running thru the sides.
I see several.


squirell nutkin  Tuesday Jun 1 12:50 PM

wasn't there some talk about the sinkholes being related to the "Death Comet" (ok meteorite) that hit the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs? The pattern of the sinkholes was roughly where the ejecta from the impact crater would have landed?



Cloud  Tuesday Jun 1 12:51 PM

those aren't pipes--those are the Sarlacc's tentacles!



TheDaVinciChode  Tuesday Jun 1 02:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
Hey!
*Poke*

... Not quite there.

... Yet.


Trilby  Tuesday Jun 1 02:48 PM

I'm glad I saw this. I'm in the mood for a sinkhole.



Gravdigr  Tuesday Jun 1 03:14 PM

Ya couldn't ask for a nicer looking hole if ya bored it yaself.



squirell nutkin  Tuesday Jun 1 05:37 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americ...ex.html?hpt=T1



Knight f3  Tuesday Jun 1 11:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ToastyOhs View Post
What do they do with them after?

Once they are old news, what do you do with a giant 300 foot sinkhole?
[quote=TheDaVinciChode;659769]Make it a tourist attraction, boot out the poor residents, revitalise the neighbourhood, and move in the rich folk.



A tourist trap as it were? Maybe put a souvenir kiosk there and when the tourists gather...BAM! activate the sink holiness...


Leah  Wednesday Jun 2 12:00 AM

what a crazy place, I'd be scared to go there.



SPUCK  Wednesday Jun 2 06:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ToastyOhs View Post
What do they do with them after?

Once they are old news, what do you do with a giant 300 foot sinkhole?
Here you go ladies and gentlemen! Step right up!
Have you ever seen such an easy garbage dump? Just back the trucks up and dump! The Endless Landfill.

Buy it now and we'll throw in the Sewage Special at no additional charge!

Plumb all your city sewage right over the edge. In it all goes. Away flush all your municipal troubles!

A godsend for any large city. All the cities are clamoring for them. These two lucky cities are just the first recipients!
Get your order in NOW!


TheDaVinciChode  Wednesday Jun 2 09:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Here you go ladies and gentlemen! Step right up!
Have you ever seen such an easy garbage dump? Just back the trucks up and dump! The Endless Landfill.

Buy it now and we'll throw in the Sewage Special at no additional charge!

Plumb all your city sewage right over the edge. In it all goes. Away flush all your municipal troubles!

A godsend for any large city. All the cities are clamoring for them. These two lucky cities are just the first recipients!
Get your order in NOW!
If the underground water was able to shift that much dirt... I wonder if it could shift garbage, and, if so... Where would it go?!


ToastyOhs  Wednesday Jun 2 11:19 AM

Out of sight, out of mind - into the groundwater. All the garbage you can dump for the low low price of 100 Quetzal and your health.



onetrack  Sunday Jun 6 07:33 AM

HA! - What you are seeing, is the result of the U.S. Military's experimental firing from space, of their new, giant laser-ray gun ....

It's a shame they still haven't got the aiming mechanism quite perfected, just yet .. it WAS aimed at Pyongyang ..



monster  Sunday Jun 6 07:51 PM

What to do with a fucking great mysterious hole in the ground? Pee in it, of course! Right, UT?



TheDaVinciChode  Sunday Jun 6 07:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by onetrack View Post
HA! - What you are seeing, is the result of the U.S. Military's experimental firing from space, of their new, giant laser-ray gun ....

It's a shame they still haven't got the aiming mechanism quite perfected, just yet .. it WAS aimed at Pyongyang ..
I wondered what that giant, shark-shaped object was doing, in orbit, around the Earth...

There's a frickin' shark, with a frickin' laser beam attached to it's frickin' head, shooting pot shots at our planet.

U.S Military Experiment? Aliens? Poor attempt at connecting the above post to an Austin Power's quote? Shark that's pissed off because it's been called a "dolphin" one too many times?

You decide!


gvidas  Sunday Jun 6 08:47 PM

Sorry, boss. Turns out it's not a sinkhole:

Quote:
The giant sinkhole that opened beneath downtown Guatemala City over the weekend is all the rage right now. There's just one problem: it isn't a sinkhole.

"Sure, it looks a lot like a sinkhole," geologist Sam Bonis told Discovery News from his home in Guatemala. "And a whale looks a lot like a fish, but calling it one would be very misleading."

Instead, Bonis prefers the term "piping feature" -- a decidedly less sexy label for the 100-foot deep, 66-foot wide circular chasm. But it's an important distinction, he maintains, because "sinkholes" refer to areas where bedrock is solid but has been eaten away by groundwater, forming a geological Swiss cheese whose contours are nearly impossible to predict.



wanderer  Monday Jun 7 05:07 AM

Yeah, gvidas.....check out this too....
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...humans-caused/



Coign  Monday Jun 7 10:31 AM

An interesting update to the big hole. (What-ever its name.) They breifly talk about, what do you do with it?

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/06...emala-sinkhole



spudcon  Monday Jun 7 11:28 AM

Just change the name to Giant Stinkhole," and let nature take its course.



HungLikeJesus  Monday Jun 7 11:33 AM

Perhaps it could be filled with potatoes.



wanderer  Monday Jun 7 12:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
Perhaps it could be filled with potatoes.
.......mashed ones


Shawnee123  Monday Jun 7 12:36 PM

Half-baked?



Spexxvet  Monday Jun 7 01:28 PM

Fill it with the oil in gulf.



TheDaVinciChode  Monday Jun 7 01:47 PM

Seems like a good place to dump rapists, and paedophiles.

... That's right. They should build a great-big Catholic Church down there.



Shawnee123  Monday Jun 7 01:50 PM

haggis!



wanderer  Tuesday Jun 8 01:11 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
Fill it with the oil in gulf.
......and put it on fire


Adak  Tuesday Jun 8 06:03 AM

So we're preparing rapists and pedophiles fired in raw heavy oil, with mashed potatoes and haggis, for dinner?

I'm thinking overeating will be a thing of the past!!



TheDaVinciChode  Tuesday Jun 8 12:14 PM

It'll really mess with your butt-hole, on the way out, though.



Adak  Tuesday Jun 15 10:00 AM

Another big one, still growing, in China:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/10318745.stm

(go to the second pic in the series)

They still don't know what caused this one, or why it's still getting larger.



classicman  Tuesday Jun 15 11:04 AM

there are a few in China apparently...

Sudden Sinkhole Outbreak Raises Fears in China

Monster Pothole swallows car



spudcon  Tuesday Jun 15 04:49 PM

It happens in China because China sucks. Buncha commies.



gvidas  Tuesday Jun 15 05:48 PM

"Dave's Landslide Blog" seems to do a pretty good job of providing photos and commentary on most major landslide / earth-moving-when-it-shouldn't events worldwide.



richlevy  Tuesday Jun 15 10:28 PM

I don't suppose anyones seen a silver guy flying on a surfboard.



Clodfobble  Tuesday Jun 15 10:37 PM

I keep reading this thread title and thinking "New Guatemala? That's not a country!"



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Jun 15 10:45 PM

Where are all the people? If that were in the US there would be like a million people taking pictures with their cell phones, or falling in so they could sue the DOT.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 15 10:49 PM

They've got the area blocked off, several blocks from the hole.



SPUCK  Wednesday Jun 16 06:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
They've got the area blocked off, several blocks from the hole.
Except for that guy in the poncho looking to buy some crack.

And, boy did he find one!


Griff  Wednesday Jun 16 06:46 AM

Have we been seeing more of these since the hadron collider went on line?



footfootfoot  Tuesday Nov 2 09:30 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicxulub_crater



glatt  Tuesday Nov 2 09:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
a gravity anomaly in the Yucatan? How does that work?


footfootfoot  Tuesday Nov 2 11:11 AM

Isn't gravity determined by density? I imagine if you look at the earth there is average gravity, and then if you look at parts in enough detail there may be spots with greater or lesser gravity.

Just a guess. Physics was over 30 years ago.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 2 12:55 PM

Yes, I read an article about a satellite that was going to scan the earth for a gravity map. I think they said it varies in a general pattern, less at the poles, more at the equator, plus lots of local abnormalities.



footfootfoot  Tuesday Nov 2 02:04 PM

Next, we'll work on our levity map.



glatt  Tuesday Nov 2 02:17 PM

Interesting. Makes sense. I never knew it was a measurable effect.

So you will weigh less in Sri Lanka than in Borneo.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 2 02:18 PM

Looks like the Rockies don't hold a candle to the Andes.



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