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Sinkholes Abundant in Missouri

Sinkholes are abundant in our state — when they collapse, the result can be dramatic

This sinkhole collapse occurred in a Nixa, Mo. subdivision in 2006. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Sinkholes are places where there is rapid recharge (replenishing) of groundwater from the surface and, therefore, are areas of potential groundwater contamination. For this reason, managing surface water and waste disposal in sinkhole-prone areas are important to maintaining good groundwater quality.

In 2006, a formerly unidentified sinkhole collapsed below the home of a Nixa resident.  Fortunately, no one was injured when the collapse occurred.

A recent article written by Jose Rey (, identifies Missouri as No. 7 in the United States as having the most sinkholes.   According to the article, the states with the most sinkholes are Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

Our environmental geologists apply geologic and hydrologic information to the protection of Missouri citizens and the environment and are regularly called on to provide expertise when sinkholes are reported.  The division maintains a database of known sinkholes.   Learn more about sinkhole formation–Joe

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