Saturday, July 27, 2013

[Geology2] Re: Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up

Lots of good pictures here, but I'm surprised they didn't include anything on the 1980 disaster at Lake Peigneur in Southern Louisiana. The lake was right on top of a salt dome where extensive underground mining operations were underway, while up on the surface a drilling crew was sinking a hole to try to intercept oil pockets on the flank of the dome. What could go wrong?

When the drill intercepted one of the mines and turned the lake into a big toilet bowl people on the surface and underground all had to scramble for their lives.

There is a lot of aerial footage of the event and interviews with some locals on this You Tube site. Pretty interesting if you haven't seen it.


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