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Study Finds Cause of 'Mystery Holes' in Sand Dune

Mount Baldy's woes caused by 'ghost forest' and 'cement'

(Newser) - The mystery holes that plague an Indiana sand dune —and triggered its public closure when one in July 2013 swallowed a 6-year-old boy who nearly died —are apparently caused by a "ghost forest" of underground trees and "cement." Per a recent study, buried trees at... More »

Slide Down This Sand Dune and It Starts 'Singing'

And Kazakhstan dune isn't the only one that does this

(Newser) - Some visitors go to Kazakhstan's Altyn-Emel National Park—a preserve the CBC says is four times the size of Hong Kong—to view ancient burial sites or catch a glimpse of wildlife; others go to listen to the park's famous singing dune. The nearly 500-foot-high pile of sand,... More »

How Did This Sand Dune Swallow a Boy?

Smithsonian: Decaying buried trees might be the culprit

(Newser) - It's been more than a year since a 6-year-old boy found a hole in a sand dune near the southern shore of Lake Michigan, began to lower himself in, and was swallowed several feet under for more than three hours . "I'm scared," his father heard the... More »

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