It is well known that our planet suffers on a daily from various changes that directly affect our way of life as human beings. To understand and manage these changes, the scientific community remains constantly on alert although there are not always answers to all of the Earth’s mysterious phenomena.
This is exactly the case for the town of Willand, in the south of England, where it has been found that the ground is rapidly rising and scientists can not explain why it is happening.
Through thousands of images obtained by ESA’s Sentinel-1 satellites between 2015 and 2017, a group of researchers from the University of Nottingham certified these changes as part of the first land movement map of the United Kingdom.
According to the reports, the land on which the buildings of the town are built is suffering the fastest elevation observed in the whole country, increasing by 0.7 inches per year.
The surprising thing about this is that while researchers can scientifically explain the cases of land sinking by things like mining operations in the surroundings or geological phenomena, the deformation or elevation of the earth remains a mystery.
Furthermore, in Willand, there are no industrial or mining operations to explain what is happening unlike other affected regions such as Greater Manchester, North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
Investigations indicate that the affected region of the town covers almost 1.2 miles in width, which is almost the entire city, so its buildings, houses and surrounding fields are all affected.
One of the hypotheses that is put forward for this case, is that the origin of these elevations comes from the deepest of the subsoil, since there could be a vast underground aquifer located far below the town, which at some point in the past became empty, but is now filling up. The latter would cause the ground to swell and expand.
According to this theory, the underground rocks will continue to swell like a sponge as they continue to absorb more water. Consequently, the town will continue to increase its level of elevation at an imperceptible pace.
Whatever the reason for Willand’s underground activity, scientists have hastened their research to determine the source of the problem and whether this is due to a natural cause or exists as a consequence of some human activity.