Around the world, this process that produces sinkholes has created such striking natural features as the hills of Ireland's western coast, the caves of Slovenia and the pillars of Guilin in China. Where the underlying limestone layer is thick and rainfall heavy, vast underground caverns and subterranean rivers have produced sinkholes of dimensions that make what's happened in Florida or Essex look positively insignificant: the Xiaozhai tiankeng ("heavenly pit") in Chongqing, China, is 662m deep; the Dashiwei tiankeng in Guangxi 613m. Croatia has a 530m-deep hole, with vertical walls, called the Red Lake, while Papua New Guinea has the Minyé sinkhole (510m deep) and Mexico the Sótano del Barro (410m) and Sótano de las Golondrinas (372m deep). … [Read more...] about What are sinkholes and what causes them?
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“These things are there, they are threatened, and they are going, and yet there is no one really giving them the time of day,” says Tony Whitten, regional director for Asia-Pacific at the conservation group Fauna & Flora International and co-chairman of the Cave Invertebrate Specialist Group at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). That raises a moral question, Whitten adds: “Are we really only interested in the furry or the feathery, and perhaps a few scaleys? Is there any value to species conservation per se, or is it only certain subsets that we’re concerned about?” … [Read more...] about Asia’s fragile caves face growing development risks
Prince Charles to meet storm victims No let-up as flood warnings continue 'You wake up and you've got nothing' When it expired, he says he was visited by an insurance broker who told him no commercial insurer would cover the property. His premium is now about £3,500 a year - and doesn't include flood cover. … [Read more...] about Storm Dennis: ‘My business was flooded twice in two days’
Not every skin type is built to cope well with 10 types of product at a time. A handful of quality products and a comprehensive cleanse, selective chemical exfoliator, serum, and barrier repair moisturiser on a daily basis may be more beneficial. Pictured: stock image … [Read more...] about The ‘skin sins’ you don’t know you’re committing: Dermatologist reveals the common mistakes hidden in your daily routine – from overloading on products to drinking too much water
Speaking at a news conference, Fernando Pimentel said it was still not known what triggered Thursday’s failure of the dams, unleashing a massive flood of mud, water and debris which destroyed all but a handful of buildings in the village of Bento Rodrigues. … [Read more...] about Brazil dam burst: BHP boss to inspect disaster zone with dozens still missing