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What lies beneath the Devil's Kettle ?

October 2, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments



What lies beneath the falls ? Image Credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 aaronHwarren / Flickr
An infamous waterfall in Minnesota is believed by some to lead all the way down to the depths of Hell itself.
Located approximately 1.5 miles from the mouth of the Brule River, the 50ft Devil's Kettle waterfall flows directly in to a pothole where the water, as well as anything unfortunate enough to fall in, disappears in to the murky depths, never to be seen again.

Over the years, visitors to the Devil's Kettle have thrown all manner of objects in to the falls, including GPS devices, in an effort to determine where (or if) the water emerges somewhere downstream.

The mystery has led to speculation that the water may flow all the way to the center of the Earth.
Back in 2017, hydrologists Heather Emerson and Jon Libbey conducted a study of the falls and concluded that the water was indeed escaping and flowing back in to the river further downstream.

They also determined that the reason objects seemed to disappear without a trace after being thrown in was because the sheer force of the water was holding them down against the rocks.

The two scientists had planned to put dye in to the water to solve the mystery once and for all, but were prevented from doing so by the park's management.

As such, for the time being at least, the enigma of the Devil's Kettle continues to endure.



Source: News.com.au | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by MisterMan 4 years ago
This article is nonsense.† Everyone knows the hellmouth is†in Sunnydale.††
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
It's a pothole created by glacial melt water which drilled itself †into the water table. That falls is a trickle compared to it's flow at the end of the last glacial period.†
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
That one is closed.† Buffy was moving to† Cleveland to tackle the one there.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MisterMan 4 years ago
Ah, but does she actually go there (not counting Anya's alternate reality),†or does Giles just mention that it exists?† Erm...full disclosure: I may or may not be in the middle of re-watching the series at the moment.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hankenhunter 4 years ago
There are†two of these on North Vancouver Island. One is called "Devils Bath", it is about 50 meters in diameter and looks like a giant drill bit bore hole lake.† There are limestone caves all over the place†of which I have spelunked a few. I tried using a depth sounder to see how deep the bath was but there was too many trees and associated debris from countless centuries sunken into its depths. Divers have also tried and have explored a few caves close to the surface but were stymied from going deeper due to the verticle log jam. The bath has an very quiet unique atmosphere that lends to the... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Many of our legends are meant to protect people from harm.† Better you than me. I'll stick with hiking and my Franchi mountain bike.†
Comment icon #8 Posted by Robotic Jew 4 years ago
SHE doesn't go there. But Faith does guard it in the comics...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
I agree.†† When I read this part, I knew it was a crap article.† "The mystery has led to speculation that the water may flow all the way to the center of the Earth".
Comment icon #10 Posted by Podo 4 years ago
The devil's tea, of course.
Comment icon #11 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
Why dye, why not robot, or human


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