Friday, September 16, 2016

Giant Sinkhole Opens in Gypsum Stack in Florida

In the not again category....

Yesterday news broke that a giant sinkhole opened once again in a gypsum stack (a waste pile from phosphate mining). Last time it happened was in 1994 when a huge sinkhole opened up on a gypsum stack near New Wales. This time, it happened near Mulberry. The photo on the cover of my book, Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy shows the 1994 sinkhole.

The video below shows the sinkhole that opened. Supposedly, it opened in late August but it just made the news yesterday. I am sure that many environmental experts are working hard to try to limit that damage to the Floridan Aquifer. It is my understanding that the pond on top of the stack contained phosphoric acid.

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