By Robert Brinkmann

ISBN-10: 0813044952

ISBN-13: 9780813044958

“Brinkmann skillfully takes a technically and legally advanced subject and weaves it right into a form that specialists and most people will comprehend and luxuriate in. Richly referenced to help extra research, this publication is particularly readable and comprises friendly yet unforeseen details on how Florida’s historical past used to be formed by means of sinkholes.”—George Veni, government Director, nationwide Cave and Karst examine Institute


“The so much entire and thorough source up to now on Florida’s sinkholes. Robert Brinkmann attracts on a long time of private event with Florida’s advanced karst panorama to target the urgent problems with sinkhole improvement, public conception of the chance, and attainable options for the future.”—Jason Polk, Western Kentucky college, affiliate Director, Hoffman Environmental examine Institute


“An very good and interesting overview of the technological know-how and coverage concerns at the back of the impressive phenomenon of karst sinkholes in Florida. steered not just for environmental geology and karst experts but additionally for contributors of most people in Florida whose lives are literally or in all likelihood stricken by sinkholes or who are looking to research extra in regards to the setting they stay in.”—Alexander Klimchouk, director, Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology


Florida Sinkholes—the first complete publication at the subject—is an easy-to-follow consultant to realizing how sinkholes shape and what to do approximately them. urban planners, development managers, builders, and householders alike will locate this booklet priceless due to the heavy effect and extending frequency of sinkhole formation within the nation. Packing an abundance of sound clinical truth into frank, readable language, this e-book examines case stories of outstanding sinkholes, explains karst—the Swiss cheese–like formations of soluble rock that underlie Florida’s peninsula—and stories functional issues like structural harm, maintenance, and assurance difficulties with regards to sinkholes.



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Among the deposits since the Middle Miocene are a variety of marine deposits, including limestone and sand. Although it is true that sinkholes in this region are rare, it must be noted that they do occur and are important for local ecology and drainage. Most of this area’s sinkholes occur in the more recently deposited limestone that is at the surface. Thus, the distribution of surficial limestone is a critical factor in the location of sinkholes in this region. When these areas (the western Panhandle, the Apalachicola delta, the Jacksonville basin, and the South Florida Basin) are excluded, what remains is an extensive sinkhole zone that extends from the ridge lands west of Lake Okeechobee north to the state line and from just east of Orlando to the Gulf Coast.

When exposed, it creates a prominent escarpment that serves as the shelf from which Niagara Falls descends. Of course, there are other, less dramatic examples of Paleozoic-aged rock in the world, however, none exists near the surface in Florida (though examples of Paleozoic rock have been collected from boreholes deep beneath the surface of the peninsula). Sinkhole Formation The Mesozoic era is also poorly expressed in the state. It represents a time period when life was progressing from sea to land.

As in the later event described by Bengtsson, numerous local residential wells went dry or had other problems associated with the drawdown. Although there were 22 reported sinkholes during the event, the authors speculate that a much greater number may have formed. They believe that many went unreported, as they may have occurred in fallow fields or vacant land and were not discovered until long after the notoriety of the event subsided. 5 to 3 meters deep. There was some property damage associated with the formation of the sinkhole swarm.

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