Alien spacecraft? Meteorite crash? Or maybe underground gas explosion? So far no one has solved the mystery of the giant crater on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia, whose name in the local dialect means “The end of the world“.
A research mission, which includes the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Russian Academy of Sciences, investigated the strange, seemingly bottomless hole in the ground, whose diameter is estimated to be about 80 meters.
There is still no explanation, but the theory of a meteor impact was categorically denied by the Yamal Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The territory of the region remains permanently frozen, and according to a second theory, the local melting of land led to the explosive release of natural gas, something similar to what happens when a bottle of champagne is opened. The crater is located just 30 miles away from the natural gas drilling in Bovanenkovo.
A third theory, reports Russia Today, claims that the hole was formed by the explosive ignition of gas which came in contact with the salt that has remained in the subsoil since the last ice age, when the area was under the sea.
The only thing that is certain is that the soil surrounding the crater has been ejected from the inside to the surface.
At the same time, the dark color on the slopes of the crater indicates that the phenomenon is associated with “thermal processes“, such as a gas explosion.
Moreover, a representative of the local government said to the Russian news agency Interfax that similar phenomena have been recorded previously in Yamal.
“Occurrences like this are nothing new in Yamal. This happened last year, as well as two years ago… earth and ice behave unpredictably An underwater river might have moved the soil,” he said.
So, probably it has nothing to do with the end of the world…
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