Like many here, I watched the reports of the recent Florida sinkhole that tried to eat Mickey Mouse but was a bit off target.
Overdevelopment widens Florida sinkhole problem (emphasis added):
Sinkholes may be as old as the earth itself, but the increase in sinkhole activity is new. The rush to reason why has put scientists, engineers and real estate developers at odds.
Some geological experts believe the sinkhole activity is increasing because developers are pumping more water out of the ground for new projects or for agricultural use. While acid in the water itself is what causes the limestone under much of Florida to dissipate and create the holes, the water also acts as a support. Add water from heavy rains on the top soil, and you’ve got a bigger problem.
Hmm. Increased pumping of ground water and heavier rains. Now where have I heard those trends mentioned before…?
Can’t be climate change — you know, all that stuff about more intense rains, droughts prompting increased groundwater pumping, and salt water intrusion forcing some wells to be abandoned and putting more pressure on others. If that were it, surely the reports I’ve seen/heard would have mentioned it, right?
Don’t tell me. I’ll get it.