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The Arizona Geological Survey have reported that their researchers have recorded a new earth fissure in the Sonoran Desert which measures just over two miles long, which is considered very unusual for the region.
The investigation is also remarkable as it marked the first time that the researchers from the Arizona Geological Survey used a drone to survey the development of a desert fissure.
An enormous crack in the earth has appeared outside Arizona City
It is not uncommon for huge fissures to develop in the arid climate of central Arizona. In the past year, a cluster of fissures around Eloy and in Cochise, La Paz, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. However, this fissure is considered to be unusual because of its tremendous size. The researchers estimate that it is over a half mile longer than any of the other fissures they have detected in the region. The researchers believe that the fissure in the earth formed between March 2013 and December 2014 during a period of incredibly heavy rain. According to the researchers, the fissure is likely to have formed because the excessive rainwater saturated the desert sand. When it quickly withdrew in the heat of the Arizona sun, the swift alteration of the volume of sand resulted in the formation of an earth fissure.
The enormous fissure is located approximately twenty-five miles south of Arizona City, just south of Aries Drive near the Sunland Gin Road. The presence of the fissure close to such a built up, and settled area is of concern to the local authorities. Fissures can pose a huge safety threat for people who off-road and ride ATVs. There have also been incidents of livestock falling into fissures and becoming stuck. There is also a concern that the fissure in the earth might suddenly cave in which could cause fairly serious problems for local property and infrastructure. In the worst case scenario, it could even pose a threat to the lives of people in the immediate vicinity.
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