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Scientists study Siberia's 'hellmouth' crater

March 1, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

This satellite image shows the extent of the crater's expansion. Image Credit: Google Earth
Referred to by some as 'Doorway to the Underworld', Siberia's Batagaika Crater is constantly expanding.
Situated in northern Yakutia, this 300ft-deep crater is of particular interest to scientists because its continued expansion has provided them with an opportunity to study long-buried layers of soil that reveal much about the geological history of the region.

In the most recent study, researchers analyzing permafrost deposits in the crater have identified a wide range of past landscapes ranging from dense forests to open tundra.

The crater itself, which is also known as a "mega slump", first formed back in the 1960s and has since been growing at a rate of up to 100ft each year.

"On average over many years, we have seen that there's not so much acceleration or deceleration of these rates, it's continuously growing," said researcher Frank Gunther.

"And continuous growth means that the crater gets deeper and deeper every year."

Source: AOL News | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by LabotomusRex 6 years ago
There are lots of craters,holes etc. opening up all over the world I personally think that they are going to contribute to global flooding,if you added up all of the open space being created by these things you'd probably find that unless it stops one (probably more) will eventually tap into underground water sources which will cause the flooding,it's inevitable.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Goodf3llow 6 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by jarjarbinks 6 years ago
Looks like ruin of a spaceship crash...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Silent Trinity 6 years ago
Well if enough of these open up, then when the sea levels rise, at least they will have a run off point to prevent the apocalyptic flooding! (yes I said that tongue in cheek before I get bombarded with water / land ratio statistics etc and the volume of water being too great to be dissipated into such opening....)
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Get Buffy and the Gang to check it out!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Eldorado 6 years ago
Looks like a tadpole.
Comment icon #7 Posted by LabotomusRex 5 years ago
In light of everything else that's happening in the world an apocalyptic flood doesn't sound too far fetched,the south pole also had a record warm spike a few years ago tha if it had lasted longer than minutes it might have started a flood.

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