What Causes Sudden Sinkholes? Answered.

Sinkholes regularly appear on streets and in yards, causing damage but leaving few human victims. These depressions can occur gradually or suddenly; they are often caused by a phenomenon called the karst process, which happens, say, when a carbonate rock like limestone dissolves in water and collapses. In Florida, which is known as a karst topography (meaning: it has a lot of limestone), a man was killed by a 30-foot sinkhole as he slept in a house in the town of Seffner. According to the Christian Science Monitor, “A combination of limestone geology, unstable rainfall patterns, and a rapidly growing population makes Florida more vulnerable to sinkholes.”

Don’t lose sleep over it, you won’t get swallowed up….most likely.


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