At least 7 craters and 20 mini craters have been discovered in Siberia triggering wild speculation of meteorites or even aliens being responsible for the gaping holes in the earth.
“We know now of seven craters in the Arctic area,” Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a scientist at the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. “Five are directly on the Yamal Peninsula, one in Yamal autonomous district, and one is on the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, near the Taimyr Peninsula.”
Bogoyavlensky speculates there may be many more. He has safety concerns for the region and has called for further investigation. “We must research this phenomenon urgently, to prevent possible disasters,” he said.
The origins of the craters are mysterious, but there is evidence that they have been caused by high-pressure gas explosions released from melting permafrost due to the warming of the climate.
“In my opinion, it definitely relates to warming and permafrost,” said Vladimir Romanovsky,a geophysicist who studies permafrost at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The soil rings around these craters suggests a high-pressure underground explosion. (Image credit: Vasily Bogoyavlensky/The Siberian Times)
The Russian Center of Arctic Exploration researchers were the first in the world to climb down into the crater. (Image credit: Vladimir Pushkarev/The Siberian Times)
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