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Large crater appears at the 'end of the world'

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 July 2014

Mysterious 'gigantic' hole in remote region spotted by helicopters over gas-rich Yamal peninsula.

The crater is large enough for several Mi-8 helicopters to fly into it. Picture: Konstantin Nikolaev

The striking puncture in the earth is believed to be up to 80 metres wide but its depth is not estimated yet. A scientific team has been sent to investigate the hole and is due to arrive at the scene on Wednesday.

The cause of its sudden appearance in Yamal - its name means the 'end of the world' in the far north of Siberia - is not yet known, though one scientific claim is that global warming may be to blame.

There is additionally speculation it could be caused by a space object - perhaps a meteorite - striking earth or that it is a sinkhole caused by collapsing rock beneath the hole caused by as yet unknown factors.

The giant hole appeared close to a forest some 30 kilometres from Yamal's biggest gas field Bovanenkovo. Experts are confident that a scientific explanation will be found for it and that it is not - as one web claim suggested - evidence 'of the arrival of a UFO craft' to the planet. 

A report and footage highlighted by Zvezda TV says the dark colour of the crater indicates 'some temperature processes', without explaining more what they may mean. Others say that the darkening around the inner rim indicates its formation was accompanied by severe burning scorching the edges.  

Some observers believe water or dry soil is seen falling into the cavity.

Large crater appears at the 'end of the world'

Large crater appears at the 'end of the world'

Large crater appears at the 'end of the world'

Large crater appears at the 'end of the world'

Large crater appears at the 'end of the world'

Initial reports and images were suspected to be fakes, but the hole is a real phenomenon and it is believed to have been formed around two years ago. Pictures: Konstantin Nikolaev

There is agreement that soil around the hole was thrown out of the crater, large enough for several Mi-8 helicopters to fly into it - not that they have. 

The expedition organised by the Yamal authorities includes two experts from the Centre for the Study of the Arctic and one from Cryosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. They plan to take samples of soil, air and water from the scene.

They will be accompanied by a specialist from the Emergencies Ministry.

A spokesman for the ministry's Yamal branch ruled out a meteorite but said it was too early to say what cause the gigantic hole in the earth. 

'We can definitely say that it is not a meteorite. No details yet,' said a spokesman. 

Initial reports and images were suspected to be fakes, but the hole is a real phenomenon and it is believed to have been formed around two years ago.

Engineer Konstantin Nikolaev from Yugra is one of those to have filmed it from a helicopter.  

Anna Kurchatova from Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre thinks the crater was formed by a water, salt and gas mixture igniting an underground explosion, the result of global warming. She postulates that gas accumulated in ice mixed with sand beneath the surface, and that this was mixed with salt - some 10,000 years ago this area was a sea.

Global warming, causing an 'alarming' melt in the permafrost, released gas causing an effect like the popping of a Champagne bottle cork, she suggests.

Given the gas pipelines in this region such a happening is potentially dangerous.

Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug

in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug

in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug

in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug

Sights of Yamal - aerial view of tundra, road to Bovanenkovo gas field, opening ceremony of the Bovanenkovo, and reindeers. Pictures: Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug administration

The Yamal Peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is a strategic oil and gas bearing region of Russia.  

It is Russia's main production area for gas and the Bovanenkovo field is of central importance to gas supplies from Siberia to the world. 

The gas field was discovered in 1972 and developed by Gazprom starting production in 2012. The Yamal peninsula is bordered by the Kara Sea - Baydaratskaya Bay - to the west, and the Gulf of Ob on the east. It extends some 700 kilometres over mainly permafrost. 

The area is famous for its reindeer herds and migratory birds. 

The Nenets and Khanty reindeer herders hold about half a million domestic reindeer.

The remains of ancient woolly mammoths have been found in this enchanting territory. 

Comments (154)

The deformation of the surface of the land as the ice melts below it is called thermokarst, whatever this is, my first reaction was that this is thermokarst at a whole new level. Should any new information become available, please publish it.
bernard townsend, Saint Louis Missouri, United States
27/07/2014 04:09
YA'JOOJ MA'JOOJ barbarians have been living down there for thousands of years. Their clothes are made of human hair. They are humans, but their underground life made them savages. They number in billions and would wipe out most of the human living on the surface. Never neglect their coming!
Aaron, USA
26/07/2014 21:49
Where's the update on this from the scientist sent there last week?
Bonds, Silicon Valley, USA
26/07/2014 01:18
The word YAMAL means "End of the Land'
KJ , Virginia, virginia
22/07/2014 00:10
Thats just scary!!!
tank, altus
21/07/2014 17:19
Entrance to Inner World...
juan carlos, Guatemala
21/07/2014 11:22
Un Trou Noir....Espace
21/07/2014 06:03
oh noes!! the plot of a Fantastic 4 movie is coming true!!

dakirk, nun-yo-bidness
21/07/2014 05:30
Well.... i doubt we are end of world. It is may be the coming of yaujood nd maujood... mentioned in quran.. which are major sign of ending of world... Quran is always correct...people who want have brain nd want to know truth ... study quran..... reaserch truth. MAY almighty Allah bless yu... just frst study... then then only satisfied... belive...Allah..
Siddique, India
21/07/2014 04:15
Galactus is coming...
20/07/2014 23:26
Images, Video, 2 yrs old .. it's Confusing. Methane is a result of Global Warming. The Pipelines were numerous, looks like another Yellowstone .. something else to blow.

There is a Huge Volcano under the Caribbean Sea, National Geo did a Documentary of this Recent Discovery. Awesome Equipment, Photography, Mind Blowing News. Did in (2014) I taped it, but the story never ran again. Fear would induce and make Real Estate Prices here in SE Florida all the Coastline worthless. So, FEAR they can't Promote. Though it was something everyone should see. Made you Jaw Drop as you watched it.

The Reality of Danger for the Planet

Mantle ~ Earth Crusts is on the Move - SUN is Growing Larger, Those of us Awake Know what is Coming.

I don't see much HOPE for us the Human Species. Without the "Intervention of the Gods ."
They Promise in all Legends the Gods Return ... That Promise is soon to be Filled.

We all are about to go through the "Cosmic Star Chipper" ... to our real Homes.
This Planet has never been my Home

Peace and Love to All ....
Angel Eyes, Florida - USA
20/07/2014 22:41
Its a short cut from Russia to South America that was dug by drug dealers.
Rawhide, Flint Hill,USA
20/07/2014 09:37
Could this be a Fulgurite on a large scale?
mth, Parkersburg, WV U.S.
20/07/2014 06:14
Could it be related to the big booms and other sounds people have been hearing around the globe these last two years? Is it possible that after all the mining, oil drilling, underground bomb testing and the melting of permafrost that something is radically shifting in the earth's crust? This clearly does not resemble a sinkhole, like those being found across the U.S., more like an explosion out. Gas? Perhaps. Would it make such a round, smooth hole? If a team does determine to go down into the hole (brave souls!), they should prepare for the worst. Something is definitely moving down there.
Tosca Zraikat, Qld, Australia
20/07/2014 06:00
Interestingly, both the still photos, and the video, contain NOT A SINGLE reference that would allow an astute reader to make an estimate as to the size of the crater/hole. Not a tree, bush, or in the case of the video, not even a frame containing the shadow of the helicopter. If I am wrong, I will stand corrected.
Robin Wier, Phoenix. Arizona, USA, 85053
20/07/2014 03:01

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