Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Most Enticing and Magnificent Sinkhole Ever!

Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other 
carbonate rock,salt beds or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by circulating ground 
water. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. Sinkholes may 
vary in size from 1 to 600 meters both in diameter and depth.

Sinkholes can also be devastating. They can swallow anything, big or small.  But this 
one in Oman has become a tourist attraction. While similar holes engulf residential 
streets or open up in front of despairing home owners, the Bimmah sinkhole has 
long been attracting tourists eager for a picturesque swim.

Stunning: A concrete stairway leads to the base of the picturesque Bimmah sinkhole in Oman,
which is several times more beautiful than many others of its type
Taking a dip: A number of tourists have a swim in the emerald-tinted waters in Bayt al-Afreet,
 Oman where the Bimmah sinkhole is found
Inviting: Sinkholes like the stunning one in Oman are formed when groundwater travels through
easily-dissolved rock
Scenic: The sinkhole in Oman boasts the kind of clear waters and dramatic cliff faces normally
seen on holiday postcards
Tranquil: A passer-by stops to take in the unusual view at the Bimmah sinkhole between Qurayat
and Sur in Oman
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