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Giant sinkhole opens into 60,000-year-old volcano

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A large sinkhole has opened up on a dairy farm in New Zealand, revealing rock deposits from a 60,000-year-old volcano.

The gap, which has captured the eye of volcanologists, is as deep as 4 double-decker buses (20 metres or 66 toes) and is 200 metres (660ft) lengthy.

It appeared after heavy rain close to the city of Rotorua on the North Island, a space famend for its geothermal exercise.

Geologists imagine that 1000’s of years of rain eroded underground limestone, inflicting the bottom to break down.

“This is fairly spectacular, it is a lot greater than those I would usually see,” volcanologist Brad Scott stated.

Mr Scott instructed TVNZ the dairy farm was located above the crater of a dormant volcano.

The filth within the backside of the sinkhole was “the unique 60,000-year-old volcanic deposit that got here out of this crater”, he stated.

The farmer, Colin Tremain, stated it had appeared in a single day and was noticed by an employee on a morning run to deal with the cows.

Similar sinkholes are widespread on his farm, Mr Tremain added, however that is the biggest – and there was nothing he may do to cease his land disappearing.

He instructed Radio NZ he may “put fence round it and neglect about it” however it will be a “waste of time filling it in”.

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