A boghole is a soft, earthy hole in which cars, people, and animals can get stuck; it is characterized by “histic” soil—that is, organic with very little mineral matter. Bogholes are not to get out of, not easily escaped, a dead end. Hole in Bog Peatland, one well-known boghole, is located in north-central Minnesota. This raised bog, which began in a lake depression, has a history of complex formation that spans thousands of years. As the depression filled with dead plant material, peat spread over the soil ridges, creating a great heap of decomposing matter with holes that eventually became filled with quicksand. Bogholes are present wherever bogs are found, or where bogs have been

Elizabeth Cox