March 25, 1998
Louisiana State University
Events leading up to a 1980 sinkhole disaster began about 150 million years ago, when the nearly landlocked sea that is now the Gulf of Mexico dried up over and over again, said Gary Byerly, chair of Louisiana State University's department of geology and geophysics.
It was a chilly Thursday morning in November 1980 when, just before dawn, the drill bit from the oil rig on Lake Peigneur on Jefferson Island, La., punctured the roof of the Diamond Crystal salt dome beneath the lake. Water began pouring into the dome, slowly at first, then more and more rapidly, flooding the tunnels, dissolving the salt and forcing a hasty evacuation of the miners working there.
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