Into the Abyss
The Case of the Collapsing Sinkhole
Department of Geography/Geology
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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.
- 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.
KeywordsNatural hazards; sinkhole; sink hole; karst; groundwater; aquifer; limestone; bedrock; mining; Florida; Maryland
Topical AreasScientific method, Legal issues
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDiscussion
Subject HeadingsGeology | Natural Hazards | Earth Science |
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