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Giant hole opens up in Siberian permafrost

September 4, 2020 | Comment icon 7 comments

This is one hole you wouldn't want to fall down. Image Credit: YouTube / Vesti Yamal
A phenomenon that made headlines back in 2014 has resurfaced in the form of a new 164-foot crater in Siberia.
Six years ago, Siberia found itself at the center of a long-running mystery as several large craters, which looked like they had been formed by explosions, appeared across the region.

Researchers spent months investigating the phenomenon and determined that the release of gas hydrates brought about by rising temperatures was the most likely explanation.

Now the same thing appears to be happening again - as evidenced by the appearance of a new crater in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula that was spotted by a team from the Russian news agency Vesti Yamal.

This is the 17th such crater (named hydrolaccoliths) discovered to date.
"Warming and thawing of surface soil weakens the frozen 'cap,' resulting in the blowout that causes the craters," Sue Natali of the Woodwell Climate Research Center told Gizmodo.

It is thought that abnormally warm weather throughout the summer may have been responsible.

While there is still much that scientists have yet to understand about the process that creates these holes, it is hoped that a renewed investigation of the phenomenon will help to reveal more.

It is also likely that many more craters like this one will open up in the region over the next few years.

Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
Maybe this is a ‘portal’ that has opened up and leads to the Lost World of woolly mammoths and woolly rhinos!
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
Is it just me, or does the debris field around the crater seem like theres not enough to fill in the hole?
Comment icon #3 Posted by RoofGardener 1 year ago
Huge hole opens up in arctic.  Scientists are looking into it ! 
Comment icon #4 Posted by dave willis 1 year ago
Do sink holes have debris fields?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
If the gaz push it out i think it would be more visible, or maybe it just push and colapse when the gaz go out ?  
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
Not sure. If expect a bigger rim of debris, but maybe the soil in the hole walls was compacted? It would be cool of they could get one of these eruptions on video.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
They dont think its a sink hole, where water took the soil, but a gas powered eruption throwing everything out of the hole.

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