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The mystery of the Devil’s Kettle Falls finally solved by Minnesota scientists

If you have seen the horror movie “Jennifer’s Body” then you would be familiar with the mysterious Devil’s Kettle Falls. Although this famous falls isn’t the rendezvous of cults, there is a strange mystery enveloping this particular body of water. As the water hits the protruding rocks below, it splits into two parts.

The first part normally falls to a riverbed while the other one pours into a hole and seemingly disappears. No one has any idea where the water goes, thinking that there might be a secret cavern where it goes to.

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People have tried throwing ping pong balls and logs inside the hole to find out where the water goes but to no avail. The mystery as baffled many people – until now.

Some Minnesota scientists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) think that they have discovered the correct answer to this long, confusing puzzle. DNR mapping hydrologist Jeff Green said that it was all a grand optical illusion because the water doesn’t actually go anywhere.

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Using stream gauging tools, their team is convinced that the water pouring into the hole “reappears quickly downstream.” They measured the volume of water that flows above and below the falls and saw that it was nearly identical. The findings showed that it was 123 cubic feet per second above and 121 below.

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For Green, this meant that the river actually didn’t go anywhere. As for the ping pong balls and logs that never resurfaced, the Minnesota researcher believes that the pressure and circulating currents may have disintegrated the materials. To solidify their claims, the team would pour luminous vegetable-based dye into the falls.

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Green has always been fascinated at this enigma ever since he saw it in a family trip years ago. It must be so fulfilling to be the one to offer a substantial and scientific theory that may one day solve the mystery of the falls.

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What do you think about the mystery of the Devil’s Kettle Falls? Do you think that the scientific answer provided by these Minnesota researchers is correct? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!

Source: Startribune

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