The easiest way to turn the ground you walk upon into a giant soft drink? Hit the button on an atom bomb several yards below it.

Not only will it swirl then bubble like a frothy root beer float, but it’ll form what’s called a “subsidence crater” after the dust clears. Many of these enormous pits can still be found at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site), located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

When there’s nothing to hold the ground up any longer (because the bomb went boom!), it gives up and gives in, like a crappy presidential candidate euphemizing the term “suspend”: