Physics

World’s Only Moving Mud Puddle

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A mud puddle started moving across the California desert, and no one knows why. Dianna visited the mud spring to find out how a puddle became declared a natural disaster.

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0:00 – Where is it?
1:07 – What does it look like?
2:19 – Where it began
2:44 – What is it?
4:03 – Why all the rock sunk
4:38 – What happened to the wall?
5:05 – Why you’d suffocate
5:49 – A mysterious push from the other side
7:24 – What can we do?
8:37 – Relief well disaster
9:12 – Why is it moving?
10:29 – Sneak peek of new video

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Creator/Host: Dianna Cowern
Editor: Levi Butner
Production Assistant: Hope Butner

Thanks to Caltrans and Shannon & Wilson

Sources:
https://www.thedesertreview.com/news/niland-geyser-continues-to-threaten-imperial-county/article_c7254920-08b4-11eb-abd6-9fc327c80af0.html
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/81711/salton-trough
https://www.scec.org/publication/8562
https://www.desertusa.com/desert-california/niland-geyser.html
https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-11/current-projects/sr111-nilandgeyser
Salton sea:
https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2019/dec/15/dying-salton-sea-now-birthing-lush-area/
Earthquake swarms:
https://darchive.mblwhoilibrary.org/bitstream/handle/1912/2974/roland_mcguire-gji.pdf?sequence=1

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