Thursday, February 4, 2010

Holy sinkhole, Norm the Miner

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 4:34 PM

In roads-to-avoid news: UNC Charlotte wants everyone to stay away from Broadrick Boulevard.

Crews are working to fix a water leak in the University area along Broadrick Boulevard. UNC Charlotte is warning students and drivers to avoid the area.

The leak is bad enough that it could cause the road to collapse. Water from a nearby lake is seeping into the road. Crews have been pumping water out of the lake, but they have no idea yet how long it'll take to fix.

Read more, and find out how to navigate your way around campus while avoiding giant holes, from MSNBC/ NewsChannel 36 here.

Don't know where Broadrick Boulevard is? No worries, I didn't think I did either until I looked at a map. It's a little road on campus, near the new entrance. See for yourself map.

Wondering what the heck a sink hole is? Here's the U.S. Geological Survey's definition. (Check out their site for some truly crazy sink hole pics.)

Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by ground water circulating through them. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a while until the underground spaces just get too big. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces then a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur. These collapses can be small ... or they can be huge and can occur where a house or road is on top.

And, here's Drive-by Trucker's version:

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