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Headlines Lake Pulls a Disappearing Act in Russia

voiceofreason

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BOLOTNIKOVO, Russia — For as long as anyone can remember, White Lake had been the local swimming and fishing hole. Deep, cold, fed by underwater springs, the lake regularly gave up carp as fat as birch trees. A kid could cannonball into its depths from the overhanging willows and never hit bottom.

And then one recent morning, the lake was simply gone.

Fyodor Dobryakov was the first to see it — or not see it, as it were. The 74-year-old headed down to the lake early one morning two weeks ago, expecting to see the first fish emerging after the spring melt. Instead, all he saw was a narrow crust of ice clinging to the shore. Everything else was gone, or almost gone.

"The ice was just hanging over an empty lake. I heard a noise, and when I looked right, I saw there was an abyss, and the water was rushing into the abyss like mad. The trees were falling into the lake and getting sucked in too," Dobryakov said at his home in this small village of pensioners, about 240 miles east of Moscow near the Oka River.

Within minutes, all that was left of the 48-foot-deep lake was a silent expanse of mud a quarter of a mile wide. Small fish were flapping their death throes near the small, deep pool into which the water had disappeared.

Dobryakov rushed back to the village and grabbed a friend. "I told him, 'The lake's collapsed, the water's gone.' My friend said, 'You're lying.' I said, 'Of course I'm a liar, but not this time.' "

The authorities were called, then the television stations. All braved clouds of black flies and mosquitoes to troop through the forest and investigate the case of the disappearing lake. Where Bolotnikovo residents once picnicked and swam, there was now only a huge crater, caked mud sprouting shoots of new grass.

"I've never seen anything like it. Never," said Dmitry Zaytsev, an officer with the federal Emergency Situations Ministry sent to investigate the case.

"Pretty much all the water went down that hole, and that's it," he said. "Everything — fish, water, everything — got sucked into that hole. And judging by the size of the crater, it must have happened pretty quickly, in a matter of a few hours."

Government officials theorize that a shift in soils underneath the lake opened access to an underground channel that drained the water, estimated from several thousand to more than a million cubic yards, into a subterranean cavern. From there, it may have flowed into the Oka River a few miles away.

"It's pretty scary to even be here. You have to understand, it was like there was a pump somewhere underground. A gaping sinkhole emerged, and everything was flushed down like a toilet," said another Emergency Situations Ministry investigator, Vladimir Gryasnov. "If anyone had been near the thing when it happened, they would have had no chance of surviving."

The channel-to-the-river theory has gained credence during the last week, as several fishermen along the Oka reported catching 35-pound carp. The species has been found in the lake but not the river. At least, not in ordinary times.

But, of course, these are not ordinary times; not when White Lake is there one day and gone the next.

Residents of the few dozen cottages here say there have always been odd stories about White Lake. Bats lived in caves there, and then one day many years ago the bats — and the caves — were gone. Over the years, said Valentina Smyotova, 74, laundry would disappear.

"Women would go there to wash clothes, and sometimes a shirt would swim away from a woman, and then it would be recovered in the river," she said.
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OK, that's weird...
 

quix0te

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Carp is trash fish anyways.


What I think really happened is that a derelict underground nuke silo collapsed under the lake. I mean.. this is Russia.
 

Icarus

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I read about that in the L.A. Times. Very weird indeed.

Apparently, a church built on the edge of the lake disappeared, along with some other stuff over the years. Now the whole lake disappears.

Crazy.
 

bnccoder

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It would be interesting to see if a hole can be found and explore it.
 
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Hmmmm....

I've heard of lakes turning over and such, but not disappearing. Odd.... :aohboy: < it was them
 
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bnccoder said:
It would be interesting to see if a hole can be found and explore it.
I absolutely love doing that shit, i'd be the first to volunteer for something like that.

*Grabs flashlights and batteries*

LETS ROLL!
 
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Maybe a meteor crashed into the ground or something. that area is notorius for meteorites crashing and screwing everything ever. sucks for the fishermen though.
 

Descent

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Dragonfly said:
I absolutely love doing that shit, i'd be the first to volunteer for something like that.

*Grabs flashlights and batteries*

LETS ROLL!
I'll get my Pyro GX...In case of aliens or robots, I can kick ass and chew bubblegum.

Oh, and by the way, some guy's cesspool collapsed here on Long Island, and he drowned in his own shit because the land above caved in. It was an older one, about 30 years, built from cinderblocks as opposed to concrete. We're safe because we have a new one.

Almost all of Long Island has no sewer system.
 
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Yeah, cesspools are stupid. Good thing I live where there are sewers. I will always try and and live where there are sewers so I wouldnt have to deal with having them.
 

RetArt

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Hmm.. I´d still say I´m more worried about another russian lake, Lake Aral.
It was a huge lake. I mean. Huge. Then soviets decided touse the water from the river that ends there, to water their whatever-crop (cant remember anymore) The lake is now 1/5th the size. even less maybe. All the people beside the lake lived from it, fishing etc. Now they have fishing trips that last for days. Starving. The water has also gotten very salty, as the lake had salty water before, now it´s just all in a minimal space.

sad.

I´ll fetch more info as I get back from work
 

voiceofreason

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RetArt said:
Hmm.. I´d still say I´m more worried about another russian lake, Lake Aral.
It was a huge lake. I mean. Huge. Then soviets decided touse the water from the river that ends there, to water their whatever-crop (cant remember anymore) The lake is now 1/5th the size. even less maybe. All the people beside the lake lived from it, fishing etc. Now they have fishing trips that last for days. Starving. The water has also gotten very salty, as the lake had salty water before, now it´s just all in a minimal space.

sad.

I´ll fetch more info as I get back from work
Whenever humans think they know better then nature - they fuck it up...