Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    S.W. Florida
    Posts
    3,762

    Default The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    /* To entertain Mr. Sibley until a plate tectonics article surfaces... */

    Excerpt
    A quaint, historic village in the south of England is steadily rising up out of the ground, and scientists are at a loss to explain what's causing the phenomenon.

    The quiet parish of Willand in Devon has a steady population of some 6,000 inhabitants, but the ground the town is built upon isn't quite so stable with scientists discovering its landscape is experiencing some of the fastest-rising uplift seen across the entire UK.

    This shift, which would be unnoticeable to local residents, is causing Willand to rise by 2 centimetres (0.7 inches) annually, but while instances of land swelling or subsidence can usually be explained by things like nearby mining operations or observed geological phenomena, this time the warping remains a mystery.

    "When I look at the images I can explain 99 percent of everything," geomatics researcher Andy Sowter, the CTO of Nottingham University offshoot company Geomatic Ventures Limited (GVL), told The Times.

    "You can zoom in and say: 'That's peat, that's a coal mine, that's a landslide.' But not this one."
    The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why (ARTICLE LINK)

    #include [std-disclaimer]

    Hope the voyage is a long one.
    May there be many a summer morning when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you come into harbors seen for the first time...

    Ithaka, by Cavafy
    (Keeley - Sherrard translation)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Deepest Darkest Wales
    Posts
    19,652

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Volcano?
    Creationists aren't mad - they're possessed of demons.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 1999
    Location
    Hyannis, MA, USA
    Posts
    45,260

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    One thinks of "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill but Came Down a Mountain".

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Walney, near Cumbria UK
    Posts
    40,736

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    It's only speculation for now, but the most likely culprit could be a vast underground aquifer located far below the village, which may have emptied but is now filling up again, causing the ground around it to shift upwards and outwards.
    As long as this underground rock continues to swell like a sponge taking on extra water, the town can expect to keep rising at its slow, imperceptible pace.
    The entire Ekofisk field subsided as the oil was produced.
    In the mid-1980s the Ekofisk field as a whole and the platforms in particular were found to be suffering from an unexpected degree of subsidence. Detailed geological investigation showed that it was the result of delayed compactional diagenesis of the Chalk Formation reservoir rocks. As hydrocarbons were produced the pore pressure declined and the effective stresses increased leading to subsidence.[11] <snip>

    The Norwegian government pressed Phillips to take action and the French company Technip was ordered to find a solution. As 5 of 7 platforms were interconnected, they had to be jacked-up by about 6 m (20 ft) at the same time.
    Re-inflating an aquifer sounds plausible.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

    The power of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web
    The weakness of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    558

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    I prefer a more plausible metaphysical explanation.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Walney, near Cumbria UK
    Posts
    40,736

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Quote Originally Posted by FF View Post
    I prefer a more plausible metaphysical explanation.
    What? Alien tractor beams are pulling the village out by its roots?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

    The power of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web
    The weakness of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    558

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Surely you can find a Druid in your kingdom?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Walney, near Cumbria UK
    Posts
    40,736

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Quote Originally Posted by FF View Post
    Surely you can find a Druid in your kingdom?
    Only pretend ones. The Romans wiped out the real ones. They were massacring them in Anglesey which allowed Boadicea room to go on the rampage in the SE.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

    The power of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web
    The weakness of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North Shore, Massachusetts
    Posts
    8,636

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    already seen the movie


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Duncan, Vancouver Island
    Posts
    28,131

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    What? Alien tractor beams are pulling the village out by its roots?
    It might not be alien. It could be a secret tractor beam project of the British Army, possibly based on alien technology but not necessarily. Or more sinister, it could be the Russians.
    There is no rational, logical, or physical description of how free will could exist. It therefore makes no sense to praise or condemn anyone on the grounds they are a free willed self that made one choice but could have chosen something else. There is no evidence that such a situation is possible in our Universe. Demonstrate otherwise and I will be thrilled.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Isle of Mull, Scotland
    Posts
    2,928

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    The jam butty mines are fermenting.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Central MA
    Posts
    7,220

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Planetary acne.
    I rather be American than a Republican.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    East Quogue,NY
    Posts
    15,730

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    The jam butty mines are fermenting.
    Yep. Its the yeast of their problems.

    Kevin
    There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    West Wales, UK
    Posts
    470

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    The jam butty mines are fermenting.
    Surely they would be scones in Devon ?
    (With the jam spread on before the clotted cream, of course)
    Nick

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Pleasant Valley NS Canada
    Posts
    15,390

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Tribbles...

    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Walney, near Cumbria UK
    Posts
    40,736

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    The jam butty mines are fermenting.
    Quote Originally Posted by Whameller View Post
    Surely they would be scones in Devon ?
    (With the jam spread on before the clotted cream, of course)
    Like all natural resources the jam buttys were mined for export oop north, where the subtlety of a good jam butty is appreciated.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

    The power of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web
    The weakness of the web: Anyone can post anything on the web.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northwest Oregon coast
    Posts
    26,515

    Default Re: The Ground Beneath This Tiny English Village Is Rising Up, And Nobody Knows Why

    I dont know why.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •