Skip to comments.Mystery Behind Giant Hole in Siberia Clearer as 2nd Discovered
Posted on 07/22/2014 4:57:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The craters, believed to be formed by an underground explosion, are now filled with snow and ice. Reindeer herders in Russia's Far North have discovered yet another mysterious giant hole about 30 kilometers away from a similar one found days earlier.
Located in the permafrost of the subarctic Siberian region of Yamal, which means "end of the earth" in the local Nenets language, both craters appear to have been formed in recent years and have icy lakes at their bases.
Scientists who examined the first hole theorized that it could have been created when a mixture of water, salt and gas exploded underground, the Siberian Times news site reported.
The area, which has one of Russia's richest deposits of natural gas, was covered by sea about 10,000 years ago, and vast salt deposits were left behind.
"Global warming, causing an alarming melt in the ice under the soil, released gas causing an effect like the popping of a Champagne cork," the news report said, citing an expert at the Subarctic Scientific Research Center.
The first hole is estimated to be about 50 meters wide and 70 meters deep, with water from melting permafrost cascading down its sides into the icy deposit below.
The second hole is "exactly" like the first one, but "much smaller," local lawmaker Mikhail Lapsui told the Interfax-Ural news agency. "Inside the crater itself, snow can be seen."
Underground nuclear tests?
Aliens, zeroing in their scopes...
Dateline next week....... Same group will blame earth AGW for a hotter sun. :)
Why would there be gas in the permafrost? Could there be old plant matter? How can there be plant matter if there is permafrost?
Global warming my rear end. THE FOREIGNERS just securing a place to hide after Lois’s email’s are recovered.
The writer just couldn’t resist blaming it on global warming!
Does water explode? Not usually.
Does salt explode? Not usually.
Does "gas" explode? Well, that sorta depends ...
Giant Radioactive moles.
It’s called a permafrost pingo. They are very common there.
New pictures of the hole in Yamal and Pingo was its name-o
A flip-flop on Arctic permafrost thaws actually a net cooling rather than a warming
Probably methane hydrate same as found on the bottom of the ocean.
Reaches a saturation point then pop!
The permafrost begins inches or feet below the surface. Growth of vegetation, moss, lichens, over the summer warming, then freezes and the following season new growth flourishes over the top of the old.
So yes, there are layers and layers and layers of decaying or partly decayed matter which during the seasonal thaws releases methane, or natural gas which sometimes can ignite from lightning or other natural or man made causes.
To explode, conditions have to be right, perhaps with a cave or underground grotto with the right mixture of air and gas and a ignition source.
It could happen, but whether it happened here requires research. It does not look like much of a explosion to me..
More like a ground fart.
Yup....that’s it .......
Oh, they’re giant wormholes?
Eons ago, pressure of gases built to such a extreme level that giant sandworms were blasted out of underground Siberia all the way to Arrakis. I’m reasonably certain of it.
Richard Gere is quite interest in those gophers.
Just having a bit of fun...
Hydrazine has the correct answer,,,and links..
only the tiny baby ones
Re: “Why would there be gas in the permafrost? Could there be old plant matter? How can there be plant matter if there is permafrost?”
That’s a really good insight.
However, I was under the general impression that almost all natural gas forms from marine organisms, not from plant life.
I had an instant thought, also, but in a different direction.
It’s hard to believe these craters are forming for the very first time in history.
Thus, there might be many more of these craters, now filled in over thousands of years, in this region.
If there are more ancient craters out there, I’ll guess each one might be a treasure chest for paleontology and archeology.
If they can find the third we will know with certainty that the earth is really a bowling ball.
“there might be many more of these craters, now filled in over thousands of years, in this region.”
Just look at the picture background. See all those roundish bodies of water? The same thing just eroded and filled to the top with water.
The aerial view on google earth shows even more.
Could you send this info to the idiots in the media so they’ll stop with the globull crap? ;)
So much for the mole people theory.
The Siberian Times published on July 17 with a series of really interesting photos:
Hangar for Malaysian flight MH370
Valerie Jarrett’s spawning place.
From the Internet: The Yamal Peninsula (Russian: полуо́стров Яма́л) is located in Yamal-Nenets autonomous district of northwest Siberia, Russia.
It extends roughly 700 km (435 mi) and is bordered principally by the Kara Sea, Baydaratskaya Bay on the west, and by the Gulf of Ob on the east.
In the language of its indigenous inhabitants, the Nenets, "Yamal" means "End of the Land."
....or maybe "Grabboids?" Somebody call Burt Gummer!
Indulging in the spice again?
I don’t want to contact them and let them know, but I’m sure there is a FReeper or three that would love to do it.
Their contact info:
Nazi saucer bases.
No, that’s not how that would look.
“Does water explode? Not usually.”
Well,,,, Sassafras trees hold a lot of water. One in my backyard was struck by lightning. The water exploded into steam. Blew the tree up real good!
Maybe it is simpler than that. Now there may be two missing lone hunters not in regular contact with others.
Nice day hunting and trekking, nice flat camp spot,dry,with a... undetectable gas leak...now, for that evening fire...a match, or a magnesium and flint, a little cotton ball and boom, no more hunter and only a big hole to mark the spot. NO?
“Global Warming” - yeah lets tell the Americans its is global warming to nudge them into destroying their economy some more.
Pingo? Sounds like a dance you do before the watusi and after the mashed potato.
#17: DUNE on earth?