In pics: Bizarre enormous sinkholes appear in the middle of nowhere

Written By: Chaheti Singh Sisodia | Updated: Aug 03, 2022, 10:26 AM IST

A tennis court-sized sinkhole developed close to a copper mine in Chile's Atacama desert on Tuesday. Sinkholes are typically circular, range in size from tens to hundreds of metres in both diameter and depth, and can take the appearance of chasms or bowls lined with soil or with bedrock. There are sinkholes all around the world, and they can emerge gradually or suddenly. The majority of sinkholes are the result of karst processes, such as the collapse or suffocation of carbonate rocks.

Parking lot succumbs

People look on as cars are seen stuck in a sinkhole that occurred in a parking area after heavy rainfall hit Haikou, Hainan province, China, on September 16, 2015.


Strange well

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City, on May 31, 2010.  


Road collapses

People look at a car hanging on the edge of a caved-in area on a street in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, China, December 12, 2014.


Alien mine

An aerial view shows the debris of a residential building and a destroyed road in the village of Nachterstedt, Germany, on July 18, 2009. 


Street caves in

Workers stand around a sinkhole in the middle of a street in Beijing, February 16, 2014.


Dump sinkhole

Concrete is poured into a 15-foot wide sinkhole on the driveway of a house in Walters Ash, southern England, on February 6, 2014.


Crumbles with rain

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of tropical storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City, on June 1, 2010. 



A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, Canada, on August 5, 2013.