Swallowed Up By The Ground: Sinkholes!

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A colleague was telling me today that there are fields in Cheshire (a mainly flat county) which seem to be sinking in the middle. Where the ground was level it now has a dip like a saucer.

The area has old salt mines which were worked by flooding with water. Perhaps this is causing sinkholes. I'm fascinated.
 

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A big storm bringing lots of rain opens up a sinkhole in Melbourne, Australia.

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Huge sinkhole opens up in Melbourne following powerful storm
Residents in Melbourne's north-west woke today to find a gaping hole had opened up in their neighbourhood following a powerful storm overnight.
Volunteers from the State Emergency Service's Essendon unit were called to section off the four-metre-deep sinkhole, which formed next to a footpath in Keilor East.
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/aust...ing-powerful-storm/ar-BBZ05Dw?ocid=spartandhp
 

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This happened about a mile from were I sit, the sink holes, subsidence what ever
you want to call it still happens to a lesser extent the salt mines are now closed but
a company is now hell bent on hollowing out the salt to store gas in the area, they
have been doing tests and managed to blow out a old salt well flooding fields
and a road killing everything including roadside hedges, how they expect to keep
gas down there when they cant get the brine water to sty put is a bit of a mystery.
Here is a news paper write up from the nineteen hundreds, many of the holes are
now filled with beautiful clear blue water.

https://www.lep.co.uk/retro/dangers-beneath-lancashire-s-fields-1-9486784
 

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Another one, this time in Queensland after a weekend of torrential rain.

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Giant hole opens up on Sunshine Coast after wet weekend
A giant hole has been left in a Sunshine Coast road after the weekend's torrential rain caused a landslip.
Police were called to Tingira Crescent at Sunrise Beach on Sunday morning after one lane of the road collapsed down an embankment.

Authorities have since discovered a blocked stormwater pipe backed up when it could not cope with the volume of water. It overflowed down the embankment and caused a landslip.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/aust...-after-wet-weekend/ar-BBZ8fcY?ocid=spartandhp
 
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