A sinkhole in Louisiana is demonstrating the devastating effects man can have on nature when he gets too careless and greedy.
The creation of the 24-acre monster has been blamed on a structurally unsound salt cavern belonging to salt-mining company Texas Brine Co., and it's been terrorizing the land around it ever since its unfortunate birth. In a recent video, the swamp beast slurps down trees and land, and it's even been known to "burp" after a meal (this is caused by trapped gas and air coming to the surface).
About 350 Louisiana residents have been chased from their homes by the ever-expanding, earth-sucking monster that belches up natural gas, and it's sad to think that they're paying the price for a big company's really big mistake. Texas Brine's ugly baby has forced some residents to decide between waiting to see if their homes can be saved and trying to start a new life somewhere else. And if they do have to start over, they won't just be losing their houses -- they'll be losing friends and neighbors from the community they created.
It's very worrisome that there have been so many recent stories about dangerous sinkholes swallowing up land and people -- apparently the Earth just isn't happy about invasive practices like mining and fracking. But will anyone listen to the warnings that the Earth is sending, or will companies keep exploiting the environment until a heavily-populated area gets devastated by one of these man-made monsters?
You can check out the Louisiana sinkhole taking down some once-majestic trees in the video below.