Shapeshifter

deathistheillusion:

Watch the video for yourself.  What you’re seeing is a massive sinkhole in Bayou Corne, Louisiana.  It’s estimated to be 25 acres wide and 750 feet deep.  But while sinkholes often occur naturally, this one is the result of a collapsed underground storage cavity operated by Texas Brine.  The first sign was a strange bubbling (turns out it’s methane) of the swamp in early 2012.  Then, in August 2012, the ground shifted sideways 10 inches, the sinkhole formed, and 350 residents were forced to evacuate.

New York Times explains it nicely:

A few words of fantastical explanation: Much of Louisiana sits atop an ancient ocean whose salty remains, extruded upward by the merciless pressure of countless tons of rock, have formed at least 127 colossal underground pillars. Seven hundred feet beneath Bayou Corne, the Napoleonville salt dome stretches three miles long and a mile wide — and plunges perhaps 30,000 feet to the old ocean floor.

A bevy of companies has long regarded the dome as more or less a gigantic piece of Tupperware, a handy place to store propane, butane and natural gas, and to make salt water for the area’s many chemical factories. Over the years, they have repeatedly punched into the dome, hollowing out 53 enormous caverns.

In 1982, on the dome’s western edge, Texas Brine Company sank a well to begin work on a big cavern: 150 to 300 feet wide and four-tenths of a mile deep, it bottomed out more than a mile underground. Until it capped the well to the cavern in 2011, the company pumped in fresh water, sucked out salt water and shipped it to the cavern’s owner, the Occidental Chemical Corporation.

Who is to blame for what happened next is at issue in a barrage of lawsuits. But at some point, the well’s western wall collapsed, and the cavern began filling with mud and rock. The mud and rock above it dropped into the vacated space, freeing trapped natural gas.

The gas floated up; the rock slipped down. The result was a yawning, bubbling sinkhole.

Meanwhile, the sinkhole continues to grow, taking more land and cypress trees like in the gifs above.  Oh yeah, and there’s diesel floating on the surface of the water now, too.  Geologists believe it’ll stop eventually, possibly at 50 acres, but no one really knows.  The Daily Kos calls it “the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you haven’t heard of”.

Roadside geology in Oklahoma; the Arbuckle Mountains in south central Oklahoma. I have always been fascinated by the way the beds lie almost completely vertical here. My father blasted cuts in many parts of these mountains to help build some of the state’s earliest main highways in the 40’s and 50’s.
Photo By Clif Doyal
The Arbuckle Mountains are the oldest known formations in the United States between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. They contain a core of granite and gneiss that date back at least 1.4 billion years. The core is overlain by a 1,500 feet (460 m) layer of Cambrian-era rhyolite that is about 525 million years old. Atop the rhyolite is about 15,000 feet (4,600 m) of folded and faulted limestones, dolomites, sandstones, and shales deposited in shallow seas from Late Cambrian through Pennsylvanian time (515 - 290 million years ago). -Text source: Wikipedia

Roadside geology in Oklahoma; the Arbuckle Mountains in south central Oklahoma. I have always been fascinated by the way the beds lie almost completely vertical here. My father blasted cuts in many parts of these mountains to help build some of the state’s earliest main highways in the 40’s and 50’s.

Photo By Clif Doyal

The Arbuckle Mountains are the oldest known formations in the United States between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. They contain a core of granite and gneiss that date back at least 1.4 billion years. The core is overlain by a 1,500 feet (460 m) layer of Cambrian-era rhyolite that is about 525 million years old. Atop the rhyolite is about 15,000 feet (4,600 m) of folded and faulted limestones, dolomites, sandstones, and shales deposited in shallow seas from Late Cambrian through Pennsylvanian time (515 - 290 million years ago). -Text source: Wikipedia

New growth and wild flowers peek through last year’s leftover dead leaves. I love this time of the year! ~Clif

New growth and wild flowers peek through last year’s leftover dead leaves. I love this time of the year! ~Clif

I bet this would get your day going!

I bet this would get your day going!

"Blood Moon" 4/15/14
Image courtesy: NBC News

"Blood Moon" 4/15/14

Image courtesy: NBC News

Himanshu Suri x Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Tony in Punjab
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anthonybourdain:

Original track by Himanshu Suri for Parts Unknown: Punjab.

I will say it again: I want to be Anthony Bourdain when I grow up :) -Clif

NASA plans prototype flying saucer for travel to Mars.

http://americanlivewire.com/2014-04-12-nasa-plans-prototype-flying-saucer-mars-travel/

Ghost In The House

I don’t pick up the mail, I don’t pick up the phone
I don’t answer the door, I’d just as soon be alone
I don’t keep this place up, I just keep the lights down
I don’t live in these rooms, I just rattle around

I’m just a ghost in this house
I’m just a shadow upon these walls
As quietly as a mouse I haunt these halls

I’m just a whisper of smoke
I’m all that’s left of two hearts on fire
That once burned out of control
It took my body and soul
I’m just a ghost in this house

I don’t care if it rains, I don’t care if it’s clear
I don’t mind staying in, there’s another ghost here
She sits down in your chair and she shines with your light
And she lays down her head on your pillow at night

I’m just a ghost in this house
I’m just a shadow upon these walls
As quietly as a mouse I haunt these halls

I’m just a whisper of smoke
I’m all that’s left of two hearts on fire
That once burned out of control
It took my body and soul
I’m just a ghost in this house

I’m just a ghost in this house
I’m just a shadow upon these walls
As quietly as a mouse I haunt these halls

I’m just a whisper of smoke
I’m all that’s left of two hearts on fire
That once burned out of control
It took my body and soul
I’m just a ghost in this house

Songwriter:
PRESTWOOD, HUGH

© Universal Music Publishing Group



Not the way it should be in the “Land of Plenty.”

Not the way it should be in the “Land of Plenty.”

Roadside oddity: It’s the POPS Restaurant sign on historic Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma!
Photo by Clif Doyal (taken with Samsung S4)

Roadside oddity: It’s the POPS Restaurant sign on historic Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma!

Photo by Clif Doyal (taken with Samsung S4)