Learn How Car-Swallowing Sinkholes Form

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On February 12th, 2014, the 40-foot-wide sinkhole opened up underneath the ...

On February 12th, 2014, the 40-foot-wide sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

This bizarre geologic event swallowed eight priceless Vettes, damaging some of them irreparably. It was the totally unexpected disaster with the lengthy rebuilding process. And how to sinkholes actually form?

Civil engineer Grady Hillhouse runs impressively informative YouTube channel Practical Engineering. And using brilliant, simple visual aids and the miniature mechanical examples, he explains how the complex civil engineering problems arise, and how modern builders deal with the unpredictable whims of a ground beneath us.

And “unpredictable” applies here. As Grady Hillhouse explains, there is really no way of detecting the sinkhole as it is forming—at least, not until it is progressed to the point where the structures above it go plummeting into a void.

And since sinkholes often form due to undetected breaks in our underground water and the sewage infrastructure—namely, the pipes we bury beneath our roads—when the sinkhole opens its mouth, it usually ends up swallowing the few cars.

And sometimes, those vehicles just happen to be Corvettes. Learn everything you wanted to know about sinkholes right here:

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