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Added on: 8th Jan 2015

 

BOESMANSGAT

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The Boesmansgat, also known as the “Bushman’s Hole,” is

believed to be the third-deepest freshwater sinkhole in the world.

Approximately 270m (886ft.) deep, the Boesmansgat in the

Northern Cape province of South Africa was first explored by

amateur diver Mike Rathbourne in 1977 and is home to the

Guinness Woman’s World Record for the deepest dive

(a 221m dive by Verna van Schaik on November 24, 2004).

 

 

SARISARI√ĎAMA

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The most beautiful and most mysterious sinkholes of Venezuela

are natural wonders which include four types of round basins

containing their own unique ecosystem found nowhere else on earth.

Scientists are clueless on the origin of the stunning sink holes.

 

 

SASKATOON SINKHOLE

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The combination of underground pipe problems and extremely

bad weather produced a three-meter wide sinkhole that opened up in

Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon, Sasketchewan on March 12, 2012.

The constant freezing and thawing; and an unseasonably warm winter

put pressure on the underground pipes causing a 20-centimeter pipe

under the roadway to break spewing water and compromising the

road’s integrity.

 

 

BIMMAH SINKHOLE

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One of nature’s great oddities has been turned into a virtual tourist trap.

Residents of Bimmah Oman have turned a spectacular looking

natural-occurring sinkhole into a swim park. Located about 6km from

Dibab along the coast graded road from Muscat to Sur the Oman sink

hole boasts of clear blue picturesque waters.

 

 

TORONTO

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Even the biggest city in Canada is not immune to sinkholes two of

which appeared in the city of Toronto within the space of a few weeks:

the 10m long, 3m wide fissure that ruptured from the street water main

at Woodbine Avenue and John Street on September 28, 2011 and the

30m long 1.5m deep sinkhole on Bayview Avenue on November 4th

of the same year. Thankfully there were no casualties when these

sinkholes happened.

 

 

AGRICO GYPSUM STACK

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The most devastating sinkhole erosion in Florida occurred in 1994

when a 15-story sinkhole tore open right beneath an 80-million-ton

pile of gypsum stack. The cave-in dumped 4 million to 6 million cubic

feet of toxic and radioactive gypsum and waste water into the Floridian

aquifer, which provides 90 percent of the state’s drinking water.

 

 

WINNIPEG HIGHWAY SINKHOLE

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The most dramatic example of all the Canadian sinkholes happened

on the highway of Manitoba where parts of the highway simply

disappeared. After days of heavy rains with up to 12 inches of

precipitation, 200 meters of highway 83 near Inglis was literally washed

away with some points of the highway dropping to as low as 8m below

its original surface point.

 

 

MACUNGIE

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The Macungie sinkhole which formed in June 1986 is a man-made

sink hole attributed to aging water infrastructure. At 75 feet wide and

35 feet deep, it caused major disruption of traffic and utility services

causing around $450,000 in stabilization and repair costs.

 


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