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Nova Scotia sinkhole is largely unchanged - for now, geologist says

Nova Scotia sinkhole is largely unchanged - for now, geologist says
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OXFORD, N.S. -- As residents of a small Nova Scotia town gathered Thursday for a public information session about what created a large and active sinkhole near a busy Tim Hortons, a geologist suggested the high-tech tools needed to solve the mystery could soon be on their way.

Amy Tizzard, a regional geologist with the provincial Department of Energy and Mines, says the muddy sinkhole remains almost as big as two basketball courts -- but it hasn t grown much in the last week.

However, she says that could change at any moment.

Tizzard says the Town of Oxford recently issued a request for proposals to get the gear they need to look beneath the surface of the surrounding area -- and the deadline for contractors was Wednesday.

The ground beneath the Oxford area is known to contain gypsum and salt deposits, minerals that dissolve when infiltrated by water.

First reported in July as a hole the size of a dinner plate, the sinkhole has since swallowed trees, picnic tables and part of a parking lot near the Oxford and Area Lions Club.

The spectacle has been drawing curious onlookers to the small town, located roughly 30 minutes from the New Brunswick border, and has even caused minor car accidents.
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