Canadian Sinkhole Is Swallowing A Park

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A local park in Oxford, Nova Scotia is being swallowed by a sinkhole that is now over 100 feet wide. While many trees and benches have already gone under, officials saved a nearby playground by dismantling it just in case the sinkhole continues to grow.

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Like many similar cases, there’s not a whole lot anyone can do to actually stop the growth. But people have been diligent about blocking off the park and attempting to save all of the surrounding structures. It’s only been a little over a week and the hole is growing at an alarming rate.

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On August 20, a small hole appeared under a tree in Lions Parkland. It’s now getting close to a nearby building, the Lions Club, while its paved parking lot is already starting to crack. There is also a gas station, coffee shop and road that are being blocked off with neon spray paint.

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Members of the Lions Club have helped keep the surroundings safe, and park officials are doing their best to measure and track the sinkhole. Radar technology and high-precision surveying are underway, while all are waiting to learn exactly how and why this is happening. Between now and then, many theories are being considered.

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Some think that the sinkhole might be due to the fact that the park is built on a gypsum deposit, which could be eroding below the surface. Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral that is widely mined and used as a fertilizer, and as the main constituent in many forms of plaster, blackboard chalk and wallboard. Check out this incredible force of nature in the video here.

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