People are Gathering to Watch a Sinkhole Swallow a Park in Nova Scotia

A park in Oxford, N.S. has been losing ground to a growing crater that is rapidly swallowing trees, picnic benches, and portions of a parking lot. The sinkhole, which began to spread in August, exceeds 38 metres in diameter, and a nearby playground at Oxford Lions Park has been removed for cautionary measures after further cracks were found forming in the area.

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines believes that the underlying gypsum of the land has dissolved due to groundwater. Amy Tizzard, a geologist with the department, told CBC that shifting of gypsum has “created a cave under this area which has collapsed to the surface and formed a sinkhole”.

There were reports of minor mudslides over Labour Day weekend, and more cracks discovered in the already crumbling parking lot area.

Spectators have flocked from all around to sneak a peak at the pit, and as per usual, twitter has chimed in creating some cracks of their own.

A further look at the Oxford Hole:




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