Science of sinkholes Springfield News-Leader (MO) Tara Muck April 21, 2009
Steve Steele of Steele Excavating Co. drives a track loader to dump rocks to fill a sinkhole near Delaware Street in Nixa in 2006 . A Missouri State University professor is trying to provide some answers about the sinkhole. (News-Leader file photo)
Nixa -- It's just an empty lot now. Any sign of what used to stand there is long gone. Cars pass by without a second thought about what happened nearly three years ago.
The 75-foot deep, 60-foot wide Nixa sinkhole that swallowed up Norm Scrivener's car, garage and part of his house in August 2006 has baffled geologists. Never in southwest Missouri had such a phenomena occurred in an urbanized area.
After a couple years studying the formation, Missouri State University Professor Doug Gouzie tried to provide some answers to the area's most infamous sinkhole.