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Into the Abyss

The Case of the Collapsing Sinkhole


Author(s)

http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=195&id=195
David L. Ozsvath
Department of Geography/Geology
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
dozsvath@uwsp.edu

Abstract

Designed for use with small groups in an introductory geology class, this case allows students to determine the relationship between sinkhole development in a karst terrain and groundwater levels. Students then apply this knowledge to a lawsuit filed by the family of a driver of a minivan who dies after his car plunges into a sinkhole allegedly caused by a mining company.


Objectives

  • To expose students to the process of hypothesis formulation and testing.
  • To teach students a principle that applies to sinkhole formation.
  • To illustrate how an understanding of geologic processes is relevant in the real world.

Keywords

Natural hazards; sinkhole; sink hole; karst; groundwater; aquifer; limestone; bedrock; mining; Florida; Maryland

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type Methods

Discussion

Language

English

Subject Headings

Geology Natural Hazards Earth Science


Date Posted

12/04/00

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