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The Unsolved Mystery Of The Devil’s Kettle Waterfalls in Minnesota

It seems that whatever is thrown into the kettle vanishes into the abyss forever.

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“All drains lead to the ocean.” I remember that Gill’s line from Finding Nemo very well. It came to my mind when I heard about the Devil’s Kettle Waterfalls in Minnesota. Of course, Brule is not a drain and Lake Superior is (yes) a lake.

I thought that by reminding myself that all rivers eventually flow into a larger body of water, I’d stop thinking about the mystery that envelopes the kettle.

But, I’m wrong.

Brule River is a 52.3-mile-long river that runs through C.R. Magney State Park in Minnesota, where it descends 800 feet in an 8-mile span. Along the northern shore of Lake Superior where the river flows into, is a protruding rhyolite rock that dramatically divides the river into two waterfalls.

Everything that falls into the kettle disappears into the abyss.

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The one on the right cascades into a two-step stone embankment before moving towards the lake. The one on the left, however, is a “geological conundrum” that researchers, hikers, and explorers have been trying to solve for hundreds of years.

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The Devil’s Kettle is a massive crater that continuously swallows half the water of Brule, yet no one has ever figured out where the water goes.

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People thought that there was a channel or an exit point beneath Lake Superior. Researchers have thrown several items such as ping pong balls, logs, and dyes into the pothole and waited for the items to eventually turn up at the lake. Larger debris such as boulders and trees have also fallen during storms, but there had been no sign of any of them. It seems that whatever is thrown into the kettle vanishes forever.

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Geologists have tried to offer explanations regarding the mystery. Some proposed theories involving underground caves or conduits that may have resulted from tectonic action or a lava tube. However, given that there are no known fault lines and lava tubes in the area, the theories seemed inadmissible. In addition, deep caves are usually made up of soft rocks such as limestone. The kind of rocks found in Northern Minnesota, like rhyolite and basalts, are stronger.

So where does the other half of the water, and all the items that were thrown into the kettle go?

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At first glance, the calm lake appears as if it is sitting hundreds of feet high above the ocean. But, this is just an optical illusion.

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For some of us, flying is only possible with the aid of air transportation such as planes and choppers. But for Yves Rossi and Vince Reffet, flying using only their jetpacks is very possible. And not only were these two gentlemen able to fly as free as a bird; they get to perform an aerial stunt alongside the biggest airplane in the world, the enormous passenger airplane A380 from Fly Emirates Airline.

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China’s Hanging Temple Constructed More Than 1,500 Years Ago Defies Gravity

An architectural wonder built at the foot of Mount Hengshan near Datong in China, Xuan Kong Si Hanging Temple is a temple to visit.

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Constructed more than 1,500 years ago, the suspension temple hangs 246 feet or 75 meters above the ground. It is believed that the one-of-a-kind temple was built by Monks to avoid floods. Moreover, the temple was strategically put beneath an overhang to protect it from the sun, rain, and snow.

Evidently, the temple has withstood the test of time.

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