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Kentucky Color - Sinking Creek Resurfaces

A revisit to what may be Adair County's most fascinating, least famous, and most understudied - until now - geological features: It's largest largest sinkhole, the huge sinkhole swallet, and Sinking Creek. Click on headline for full essay, photo(s)
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry & Vegete

On November 24th last year I shared a picture of Sinking Branch which drains Adair County's Largest Sinkhole on its way to be swallowed up and a picture of it sinking into the swallet which is the lowest point of the sinkhole.

Sinking Branch is the last tributary to empty into Petitt's Fork of Russell Creek before entering the City Limits of Columbia. Petitt's Fork drains the entire Flatwoods area, the east slope of the Bliss/Jones Chapel Plateau, the west slope of the Gadberry/Fairplay Plateau and the north slope of Sparks and Harvey's Ridges. Sinking Branch is a lively stream which is laced with Watercresses both before it goes underground and after it resurfaces. - Billy Joe Fudge

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Kentucky Color: Sinking Creek Resurfaces I

2012-12-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Sinking Branch resurfaces at a point on Petitt's Fork about a mile upstream from the Cumberland Parkway Bridge between the two Columbia exits - LBN exits 46 and 49. Sinking Branch resurfaces about 300 yards east of Petitt's Fork. It gushes forth from the hillside at more than a half dozen places to form a placid but swift flowing stream. - Billy Joe Fudge

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Sinking Creek Resurfaces II: Pools filled with watercresses

2012-12-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Sinking Creek Resurfaces II Its pools of cold swift-flowing spring water are filled with Watercresses winter and summer. The Watercresses wave and undulate with the current safe from summer heat and winter cold in Sinking Branch's cool, swift flow. - Billy Joe Fudge

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One Foot Falls at Confluence Sinking Creek, Pettit's Fork

2012-12-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
The One Foot Falls of Sinking Creek I suppose it would still be called Sinking Branch although at this point it is now a new stream albeit only 300 yards long. It meanders through a flat marshy bottomland pasture on its way to fall about a half a foot into Petitt's Fork. - Billy Joe Fudge

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