An overhead view of the Chilean sinkhole. It is a large, seemingly endless hole in the middle of a road in a desert landscape.
Who knows where it leads. (Photo: Johan Godoy/Getty)

How Many Breakfast Burritos Could Fit in the Giant Chilean Sinkhole?

Trying to wrap your head around the depth of the rapidly expanding pit in South America? We’ve broken it down in terms our readers understand—like fly rods, climbing ropes, and breakfast burritos.

An overhead view of the Chilean sinkhole. It is a large, seemingly endless hole in the middle of a road in a desert landscape.
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There’s a sinkhole in Chile that’s growing fast—it doubled in size over the past week—and has caused the shutdown of a nearby copper mine. According to the most recent estimate, the potential hellmouth was 164 feet wide and 656 feet deep, and people on the internet have been trying to quantify that the way they do best: by telling us all the things we could stack inside it. Notable comparisons include four of Paris’s Arc de Triomphes and one Seattle Space Needle. 

If your mind is still boggled, here are some metrics that, as an Outside reader, you might be better equipped to understand.

A few natural wonders, however, really put the pit in perspective. It could fit just 20 percent of El Capitan’s Freerider, the route free-soloed by Alex Honnold, or 0.00005 percent of the length of the Pacific Crest Trail. Undoubtedly, it won’t be long before the sinkhole attracts its own posse of outdoor hopeful record setters going for the FKD (fastest known descent).

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