Sometimes things can seem normal and even idyllic, but are actually just barely propped up by a rapidly failing foundation.
This is a phenomenon that's well-known to building and structural inspectors who likely see deceptively pleasant homes with dangerous structural issues on a daily basis. However, it turns out that this happy façade can apply to entire neighborhoods and even larger systems.
While there could very well be many parts of our lives we can identify as seeming ideal despite the unstable foundation holding it up, this became unfortunately obvious for the residents of one South Dakota neighborhood.
And we'd never know why that is if it weren't for some adventurous cavers.