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Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport, Alabama

Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport
© Ryan Cartee
Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport
Crews in Birmingport are investigating after a dump truck fell inside of a sinkhole.

Officials with the Birmingport Fire Department say a man was eating lunch in the truck in the parking lot of a grocery store, when the ground gave way. The back end of the truck fell about six to eight feet. Officials say it looks like a culvert under the ground dropped away. Officials say there was some diesel leakage, but crews stopped most of it from getting into the creek near the road. No injuries have been reported.

The Jefferson County EMA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are investigating.


Is the Eye of the Sahara 'the Lost City of Atlantis'?

Comment: Short answer; no it is not. It's an impact site (caused by an overhead cometary explosion)...

Atlantis and Richat Structure
© Chubbinsure Net
Could a curious geological formation in the Mauritanian part of the Sahara desert anything to do with the lost city of Atlantis?

If you type the word "Atlantis" into Google, around 120 million results will pop up. Obviously, Plato's legend of Atlantis has long occupied many people, from scientists to mysticists, with many candidates being cited as the possible location of this lost and sunken civilization. But did such a city ever exist at all? And if yes, where could the ruins be?

The only mention of Atlantis by name in historical texts is in Plato's Dialogues (written around 360 B.C.), which gives dozens of precise details about what Atlantis looked like, and where it may have been located in relation to other landmarks in the ancient world. It was this level of detail that has set many people off thinking that Atlantis actually existed.

One of the best clues that Plato gives about Atlantis is that there was a series of concentric circles around the city, black and red stone, and of course it was a seafaring society:
Poseidon carved the mountain where his love dwelt into a palace and enclosed it with three circular moats of increasing width, varying from one to three stadia and separated by rings of land proportional in size. The Atlanteans then built bridges northward from the mountain, making a route to the rest of the island. They dug a great canal to the sea, and alongside the bridges carved tunnels into the rings of rock so that ships could pass into the city around the mountain; they carved docks from the rock walls of the moats. Every passage to the city was guarded by gates and towers, and a wall surrounded each ring of the city. The walls were constructed of red, white, and black rock, quarried from the moats, and were covered with brass, tin, and the precious metal orichalcum, respectively.
So, according to Plato, Atlantis looked something like this:
Atlantis Artist Drawing
© Rocío Espín Piñar


Watch Randall Carlson's discussion of the Richat Structure.

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Dramatic moment sinkhole swallows entire house in Ecuador


Giant sinkhole swallows houses in Ecuador's Zaruma
Dramatic footage shows how a building collapsed in the southern Ecuadorian city of Zaruma late on Wednesday night as the ground beneath it gave away.

The terrifying footage shows onlookers looking and gasping as the sinkhole consumes the house.

Local residents complained this wasn't the first time a sinkhole has opened up in the heritage city, pinning the blame on uncontrolled mining.

No casualties have been reported in the collapse.

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Number of sinkholes in Turkey's Konya Plain reach 2,000 - up from 600 in January 2021

Sinkhole in Konya, Turkey on December 7, 2012.
The outlook is grim for Konya Plain, a massive stretch of land in the eponymous province viewed as Turkey's breadbasket. The number of sinkholes, which was only 600 in January 2021, has now reached 2,000, experts say, amid concerns over more formations.

Sinkholes, a result of diminishing groundwater levels, is now closer to residential areas and agricultural fields, professor Fetullah Arık, an expert who heads a sinkhole research center at Konya Technical University, says.

Most emerge overnight and no casualties or damage have been reported so far, but Arık warns the risk is becoming higher. The center he leads cooperates with the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) for measures against sinkholes, which vary in size but are large enough to pose a risk.

Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

Blue Planet

Rapid & significant land subsidence in Cartagena, Colombia, revealed by satellite data

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Ciudad Amurallada. The Walls of Cartagena.
A rapid rate of land subsidence could make sea level rise estimates worse for one of Colombia's tourist destinations. This could serve as a warning sign to other coastal cities.

FIU geophysics professor Shimon Wdowinski, Juan Restrepo-Ángel from EAFIT University in Colombia and a team of international scientists found Cartagena on the Caribbean Sea is experiencing serious subsidence with some areas subsiding at rates up to almost half an inch a year. Combined with the effects of rising seas due to the climate crisis, increased coastal flooding and erosion, this degree of subsidence could make matters much worse.

"So far, coastal flooding has occurred mainly due to storm surge, but with rising sea level and coastal subsidence, we expect an increasing frequency of flood events," Wdowinski said. "It is clear subsidence poses a major threat to Cartagena's preservation."

Comment: There's no evidence that, on the whole, sea levels are rising: Kiribati and China to develop farm land in Fiji, land had been predicted to 'disappear under a rising ocean'

Comment: Notably, that's not the only location where changes like this have been noted: And it's even more interesting when one takes into account the uptick in sinkholes, seismic, and volcanic activity in recent years: See also: Expanding Earth? New theory on how Earth's tectonic plates may have formed


Climate doom pantomime at Glasgow

Think of Glasgow as a costume party for the Uber rich and it all makes sense.

Everyone gets to hobnob, dress up in a Superhero prophet-of-doom outfit and pretend to save the world.

When the richest people in the world turn up, with PM's and Presidents, and even the Royals do live photo tweets — you know the dry UN science conference has turned into the unmissable Olympics of Social Events. Just being there is the fashion statement of the year.
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Hobnobbing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s .

The deals (or spin, such it is) is mostly done. The party is the reward. The World Stage beckons for politicians seeking to look important. While the offer of another glorious junket keeps the minor minions working hard all year.

And any fence-sitting politicians might be awed and swept away in the spur of the moment to offer more than they might have in the cold light of day. (Send them your barbs!)

Bezos & Private Jet
© Unity News Net


Failed Serial Doomcasters

No Turn Back
© OnEarth
According to the UN's MyWorld poll of seven million people in 194 countries, out of the sixteen possibilities climate action came out ... wait for it ... dead last.
© My World
In general, the only people who thought it was important were the perpetually offended white wokerati with pronouns ...

Why is it that rational folks around the planet put the priority of climate action so low? Well, first off, there are serious issues out there that affect us today — affordable food, jobs, healthcare, reliable energy for farmers and householders, real stuff, not a bunch of climate blowhards screaming that the sky is falling.

And the second reason is, folks know in their heart of hearts that science is all about making falsifiable predictions ... and in that regard, climate science is a dumpster fire.

So I thought I'd take a look at what climate scientists, and those who believe climate scientists, and governments, and the UN, have predicted about the future. We'll start with this classic:


Rocks the size of small houses break off during landslide near Mexico City, 1 dead, 10 missing

landslide mexico
© AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo
Boulders that plunged from a mountainside rests among homes in Tlalnepantla, on the outskirts of Mexico City, when a mountain gave way on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. A section of mountain on the outskirts of Mexico City gave way Friday, plunging rocks the size of small homes onto a densely populated neighborhood and leaving at least one person dead and 10 others missing.
A section of mountain on the outskirts of Mexico City gave way Friday, plunging rocks the size of small homes onto a densely populated neighborhood and leaving at least one person dead and 10 others missing.

Firefighters scaled a three-story pile of rocks that appeared to be resting on houses in Tlalnepantla, which is part of Mexico state. The state surrounds the capital on three sides.

As rescuers climbed the immense pile of debris, they occasionally raised their fists in the air, the familiar signal for silence to listen for people trapped below. Firefighters and volunteers formed bucket brigades to pass 5-gallon containers of smaller debris away as they excavated.

Comment: The quake mentioned above, that happened on September 7th, coincided with the anniversary of another large quake, an M8.2, that happened on the exact same date back in 2017. On September 19th 2017, just 12 days later, another large M7.1 struck, and that coincided with the anniversary of a particularly destructive M8 quake that hit back in 1985; and that citizens remember well, with sorrow and dread. And so, understandably, residents are particularly nervous about this coming anniversary, on September 19th, and whether this apparent pattern of these quakes will prove true:
  • September 19, 1985 M8.0
  • September 7, 2017. M8.2
  • September 19, 2017. M7.1
  • September 7, 2021. M7.1
See also: For more on why there may be some truth to residents fears that there really is a pattern emerging with these quakes, check out SOTT radio's:

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Draining the swamp? Sinkhole has opened in a tunnel near the US Capitol

The Third Street Tunnel sinkhole may or may not be a giant metaphor. But it is causing "significant gridlock."

A sinkhole has opened in the Third Street Tunnel, which runs under Union Square, just west of the US Capitol building. The tunnel is closed in both directions, as are nearby streets, causing "significant gridlock," DC police say. The cops also tweeted a video of the sinkhole that could cause viewers to perform an involuntary Kegel exercise:

Bizarro Earth

Major Atlantic ocean current system might be approaching critical threshold

The major Atlantic ocean current, to which also the Gulf stream belongs, may have been losing stability in the course of the last century. This is shown in a new study published in Nature Climate Change. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC, transports warm water masses from the tropics northward at the ocean surface and cold water southward at the ocean bottom, which is most relevant for the relatively mild temperatures in Europe. Further, it influences weather systems worldwide. A potential collapse of this ocean current system could therefore have severe consequences.
Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation,
© R.Curry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Science/USGCRP
"The Atlantic Meridional Overturning really is one of our planet's key circulation systems," says the author of the study, Niklas Boers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Freie Universität Berlin and Exeter University. "We already know from some computer simulations and from data from Earth's past, so-called paleoclimate proxy records, that the AMOC can exhibit - in addition to the currently attained strong mode - an alternative, substantially weaker mode of operation. This bi-stability implies that abrupt transitions between the two circulation modes are in principle possible."