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Kentucky Color - Adair County's Largest Sinkhole Swallet
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Vice President Homeplace on Green River, Inc.
Retired District Forester, Kentucky division of Forestry
All of the surface water and spring water inside the over 6 square mile sinkhole plain runs into and along Sinking Branch to its ultimate destination, the swallet. Of course, the swallet is the lowest point of a sinkhole and it is where the sinkhole funnels water underground.
As we have discussed in the past swallets can be either open to receive running water or closed, in which case, water soaks through the soil into underground streams. With large sinkholes such as this one the swallet will often be open but still allow much water to soak underground. -BILLY JOE FUDGE
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