Sinkhole in Guatemala

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Sinkhole in Guatemala

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Heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha likely triggered the collapse of a huge sinkhole in Guatemala. The Guatemala sinkhole fits into a broader use of the term, which refers to any sudden slump of the ground’s surface. Instead of solid bedrock, much of Guatemala City rests atop a layer of loose, gravelly volcanic pumice that is hundreds of feet thick. And at least one geologist says leaking pipes—not nature—created the recent sinkhole.

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