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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)

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