Mapping sinkholes

Oct 2, 2014

The areas in red on the map below are where the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) has documented as having sinkholes.

Sinkhole location data is from the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources. This location data and more can be found on its website.  

According to Doug Gouzie, sinkhole expert and Associate Professor of Geology at Missouri State University, different agencies like the Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) report known sinkhole locations to the DNR.

"When we intentionally make a map, we discover a lot of sinkholes"

"When MoDot goes out to build a roadway . . . they have to go mark where the sinkholes are. What we've found, just like [in the area] from Springfield to Nixa is when we intentionally make a map, we discover a lot of sinkholes," Gouzie said.   

Sinkholes that have been on private property and known about by the owners for generations, Gouzie said, probably won't be reported and won't show up on any DNR map.