A massive Two-mile crack is found in the Arizona desert, as Giant fissure in the earth is spotted for the first time using drone technology. This is first ever time, when AZGS had used drone footage to review the fissures in this way. The huge crack formed between March 2013 and December 2014, and it is thought the fissure may have grown after heavy rains in the fall of 2014. They’re experimenting with drone technology as a tool for mapping fissures and other surface features like, landslides masses. It seems a fresher crack, and could have been an underground void that reached the surface after a monsoon in 2016.
The fissures, which are fairly common in the Arizona desert, formed after 'extensive groundwater withdraws in the Sonoran Desert. Moreover, a cluster of the cracks subsists around Eloy, and in Cochise, La Paz, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties, with the first having opened up near Eloy in 1929. The giant fissures are precarious to people off-roading and riding ATVs in the area, and also pose a risk to roaming livestock who can fall in and get stuck. Therefore, it is also unsafe to stand near the edge of a fissure due to the risk that it could suddenly cave in.