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Five holes have been discovered in the shifting sands of Mount Baldy since the dramatic rescue last summer of Nathan Woessner, a then-6-year-old who fell into a deep hole and spent four hours trapped beneath at least 11 feet of sand before being pulled out alive.
The most recent hole was discovered this week when a scientist studying the massive 126-foot dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore felt the sand collapse under his foot. A layer of sand had obscured the hole, making it look solid from above. But when researchers looked closer, they discovered a depression that was about 10 inches wide and 41/2 feet deep, a size that "a small child could easily fall into," said the scientist, Todd A. Thompson, assistant director of research at the Indiana Geological Survey.
Decomposing trees, dilapidated houses, and other items buried over 70 years by a rapidly moving sand dune could be responsible for a sudden and mysterious hole that swallowed a six-year-old boy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore last summer.
While about six more holes have been discovered since last summer, others may have gone unnoticed, researchers said.
originally posted by: eeyipes
Indiana dunes are 23 square miles and who knows how deep. I don't think a dozer would do it.