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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

This story was posted on 2011-11-24 15:41:31
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Sinking Creek, Adair Co., KY, 300 feet before going underground

2011-11-24 - Tabor community on KY 704, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Sinking Branch is a rather large stream at this point about 300 feet before it begins to soak underground on its way to the open swallet at the lowest point of Adair County's Largest Sinkhole. -BILLY JOE FUDGE

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