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River disappears overnight after loud detonation noise is heard
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[quote:Mack:MV8xMjAwNTUxXzE5NTA4NTk4X0FGMTlBMTcx] The karst landforms are the answer; giant caverns were filled after a breakdown in the roof by a huge falling piece of rock. At Carlsbad cave in New Mexico I have seen how big underground caverns can grow and believe me rooms were large enough to stand a thirty story office building upright. One single stone called "Iceberg Rock" had fallen from the roof of one great chamber and it was as big as a ship; the guides said that when it fell many tens of thousands of years ago that whole ceilings came down in all the adjacent chambers. All of this activity took place more than a thousand feet underground, and there was nothing at the surface except a small opening where clouds of bats emerged every evening. The whole place was like another world underground, simply big beyond belief. One room was so large that a hot air ballon was used by scientists to explore the upper wall and ceiling openings. It was all like Jules Verne down there, and I could not literally believe what I saw. So there is absolutely room enough for an entire river to migrate to a new underground channel if a large enough breadown occurred in the roof of one of a series of hidden chambers in Slovenia that opened up access for the water. [/quote]
On Tuesday night 2km of the river Iska in Slovenia disappeared and left behind fish on dry ground. The residents are saying that they heard a huge bang in the night. It sounds like they are describing it as a possible earthquake-like sound although there was no tremor. One woman said that it was like a huge detonation, as if something big had crashed onto the ground. People went out of their homes to see what was falling down, only to witness the river being drained.
To make this story even more strange, last week there were devastating floods in Slovenia and this river like all others was flooding land and properties. Could it be that some strange technology is being tested here for flood defence purpose? The official explanation is that due to the karst nature of the terrain the river went underground through this tiny hole (see pictures in link below), but the residents are highly sceptical as they have never witnessed anything like that ever (bearing in mind this river has flooded many times before).
For pictures (language is Slovenian): 24ur.com...
The first part of the official news story (from link above) translates as:
"On Tuesday night the river Iska vanished between the villages of Iska Vas and Strahomer."... (Now here comes the official explanation)... "Slovene Environment Agency statement says that the water is flowing into the underground chamber underneath the water bed. This is the way the river disappears and reappers later down stream.This time this characteristic of the river is stronger because of the damages to the river bed."
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