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Two French rivers disappear underground in large cracks and sinkholes
The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comté, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed.
The cave of Remonot is located near the village of Morteau along the Doubs. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this Chapel-Cave contains miraculous water and is visited each year on August 15, 2018, the day of the Assumption. But during this year’s annual pilgrimage, the cave was dry! The first time ever! Nearby, the Doubs river is also dry. No water, just pebbles, and dead fish. Residents explain they …

A GASH IN THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE


Magnetic maps of the sun's atmosphere reveal a long gash, more than 700,000 km long, where solar wind may be spraying into the solar system. This image of the structure is based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory



Astronomers call this a "coronal hole"--a region when the sun's magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape. Coronal holes are common, appearing every few weeks. This one, however, is uncommonly long and narrow. A fan-shaped spray of gaseous material flowing from the gash could reach our planet as early as Dec. 23rd. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the solar wind arrives.



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