|A giant sinkhole that swallowed several homes is seen in Guatemala City
February 23, 2007. At least three
people have been confirmed missing,
officials said. (REUTERS)
A sinkhole, also known as a sink, sinkhole, shakehole, swallet, swallow hole, or doline, is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer.
See some of these images from around the world of giant sinkholes caused by heavy rain, earthquakes and even a meteorite crash.