Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q Is for Queensland’s Mystery Craters

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




In 1971, a farmer was digging in his field near Bundaberg, Queensland when he discovered 35 water-filled craters.



The owners of the property have turned the craters into a tourist attraction, which has led some to believe they were manmade in nature.



But some geologists believe the craters are sinkholes that were caused by "the collapse of overlying strata into underground voids produced by tunnel erosion."



Scientists say the craters are made of sandstone and are at least 25 million years old. So while the property owners are certainly guilty of monetizing this unexplained phenomenon, it appears they've been around a while.



Some prefer to be more imaginative with their ideas. They think maybe the craters were formed by this:



Or perhaps a meteor...



What do you think caused the mystery craters?

⬅️ P Is for The Pollock Twins

51 comments:

  1. I like the sinkhole theory. But that would worry me about future sinkholes, especially ones forming which are larger. I'd like to think they are dinosaur footprints, but I find that very unlikely. Perhaps it a spot where Paul Bunyun and Babe the Blue Ox wrestled for awhile.

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    1. LOL, now that's an interesting theory, too!

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  2. I think I would have to go with science on this one - it's probably just erosion. Although fair play to the guy for making some money from it!
    Debbie

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    1. People will drive for miles to see a bunch of holes in the ground. Crazy!

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  3. I need to discover something mysterious in my backyard so I can charge people to come here! :).

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    1. We have a few mysteries in our backyard...some mornings we wake up and there are deer sleeping there--I wonder if people would pay. It's like going to the zoo!

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  4. Our Earth is capable of producing some really weird stuff sometimes, so I'd say the scientists are probably guessing right about the sinkholes :)
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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  5. Sinkholes are probably the logical explanation, although not all that exciting. I'd prefer to think it was the result of some sort of alien invasion. Far more interesting explanation :-)

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/q-is-for-q-flag-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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    1. It's more fun to imagine...I would guess that 20, 50, maybe even 100 years from now, scientists will have even more knowledge and tools to explore it and maybe come to an even more precise conclusion.

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  6. I tend to believe in science but yeah, if those are sink holes, I'd wonder about more sink holes appearing.

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    1. Yeah, if I owned that property, I think I'd be a little concerned about that. Especially with tourists wandering around out there all day.

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  7. It could only be one thing. Those are the foot prints left behind by an alien landing craft. Duh

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    1. Haha! I like the way you think. You'll love my "U" post.

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  8. Wow. Gorgeous pictures. Would love to see something like that in person!
    https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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    1. Definitely. I doubt I'll ever visit Australia--I couldn't do the ridiculously long plane ride.

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  9. The sink hole theory sounds plausible to me. Not sure I'd want to walk anywhere near them though. What if they suddenly decided to expand?

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    1. That's what I'm thinking! Maybe they've built raised platforms around them? They would have to--otherwise people would traipse through them and destroy it all.

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  10. Sinkholes sounds like a good bet, but dinosaur footprints are way more fun. How about aliens? Maybe they were making play pools for their alien munchkins.

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  11. I've been to underground caverns and can only imagine the sinkholes they might create. Still they are beautiful!

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  12. I like the imaginative approach to the explanations, but yes, logic says sinkholes.

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  13. I'm not sure about this one. I've not heard about this before either. I've learned a lot this month coming here.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  14. Good for them to make the most of the craters. Sounds pretty straight forward to me with the sinkhole idea.

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  15. mystery craters are more exciting. Queensland is a cool area in Australia - what the heck. Let them have a down under mystery

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  16. If the craters are on their property, why not make the best of it? What else would they do with holes in the ground? Pretty cool that there is evidently plenty of underground water. The Meteor Crater, located near Winslow, AZ brings a great many tourists and it's interesting to see the division of ideas on whether it was created by a space rock or a space ship:-) Could the Queensland craters have been made by the landing gear of a leviathon spacecraft?

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  17. I'm with the geologists on this one. We found an incredible sink hole that happened out of seemingly nowhere on my friend's rolling ranch land. It was caused by underground tunnel erosion. It was so very cool and almost unbelievable.

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  18. I'm going along with the geologists as well. The earth is fascinating and for me, these craters are magical, even if they can be explained scientifically.

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  19. I'm with the geologists on this one. They're sinkholes. At least they're lucky, they can make a profit over this. Sinkholes happen a lot in MD and has swallowed homes, cars and a school bus got stuck in one in back in January.

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  20. I love it! So cool!

    Piper Presley
    Q is for Quitting: Blogging From A to Z
    http://www.presleyromance.com/blog/quitting-blogging-from-a-to-z

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  21. It would be really cool if it was dinosaurs. ;)

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  22. I'd love to check these out, but I suspect humans :)

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  23. If they were dinosaurs, I'd say they have quite some contrasting shapes of feet!

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  24. I like the dinosaur theory.

    Personally, I'm all about monetizing. When we were on Ocracoke last summer, the house next to Blackbeard's private cove was roped off so people couldn't park in the yard. I told my husband I'd have turned my yard into a paid parking lot for us tourists.

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  25. My head tells me go scientific but my imagine keeps taking me to the film Signs.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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  26. Aliens... Ha. :) I almost used Queensland as my Q too, since I spent some time there in 2000. Australia's full of these weird, unexplained things.

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  27. I am thinking these are sink holes but they could be made by the guy who owns the land. I don't know why but every time I see a hole I think of Trump:)

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  28. I reckon they are the real deal if the scientists have had a look. I'd definitely pay the place a visit.

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  29. Probably by something boring.

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  30. Stephanie: I can't tell you how relieved I am to read your post and find that there isn't a single corpse involved in this mystery! And I don't have a clue what caused the craters, and don't even care, as long as it wasn't a mass grave! Thank you!

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  31. That'd be an interesting thing to go visit and see. I'm going to say dinosaurs did them. Not because I really believe that, but because come on, dinosaurs! LOL

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  32. The sink holes seem to make sense, but I have no idea! I think it would be a cool place to visit. :)
    ~Jess

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  33. No clue, but how fascinating to imagine the cause~

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  34. Sink hole sounds like a valid explanation - they do look nicely weird though :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  35. Definitely agree with the sinkhole explanation...although I mean it could be anything. Interesting thoughts though!

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  36. That's interesting! I like the dinosaur theory, but it's probably sinkholes.

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  37. I think the owners made a lot money on this but it seems innocent enough. Some geologic phenomenon that happened to be on their land.

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