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Mysterious Funnel-Like Crater Opens Up in Remote Arctic Tundra

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A gaping, funnel-like hole estimated to be at least 50-meters-deep has been discovered in a remote area of the arctic, on the Yamal Peninsula, in Siberia.


Discovered accidentally from the air by a Vesti Yamal television crew en route from an unrelated assignment, the mysterious crater is the latest to be spotted in northern Siberia since the phenomenon was originally documented, in 2014. Chunks of soil and ice were thrown hundreds of metres around the funnel, which strengthens scientists’ theory that such craters are the result of methane gas buildups in pockets of thawing permafrost under the surface of the Earth. As pressure increases, the “lid” of the pocket is blown off and the methane gas is released.


This object is unique. It carries a lot of additional scientific information, which I am not yet ready to disclose,” Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky, of the Russian Oil and Gas Research Institute in Moscow, told Vesti Yamal. “This is a subject for scientific publications. We have to analyse all this, and build three-dimensional models.”


In a literal sense, it is a void space filled with gas with high pressure,” Bogoyavlensky added. “The covering layer distends, the thickness of which is 5-10 metres approximately.”


The Russian professor who previously claimed that human activities, like gas drilling could be a factor in the forming of these craters expressed his concern about the risk of such structures forming close to gas pipelines, production facilities or residential areas.


A group of scientists conducted an expedition to examine the large cylindrical crater, the latest of several discovered in the Siberian Arctic in the last decade.



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Not the first craters as such to emerge in Siberia, as permafrost ground melts they collapse making a huge crater. Many scientists have been to these to study what's going on, others are digging out Mammoth bones which were frozen in the ground and now becoming visible, this has been widely documented.

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On 9/3/2020 at 2:25 PM, nobodysfriend said:

A fart of the arctic ...

didn't know they had Cow's way up there

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