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Now two NEW large holes appear in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 July 2014

Reindeer herders find more craters in the far north in a deepening puzzle for scientists. 

The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres. Picture: Local residents

Millions of people around the world glimpsed the first giant hole after it was revealed by The Siberian Times here and on The Siberian Times TV here.

Now news has emerged of two new similar formations in the permafrost, prompting more intrigue about their creation.

Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. The version about melting permafrost due to climate change, causing a release of methane gas, which then forces an eruption is the current favorite, though scientists are reluctant to offer a firm conclusion without more study.

Crater near Bovanenkovo gas field


Yamal crater near Bovanenkovo from above


Sides of Yamal crater near Bovanenkovo

First pictures from the big crater near Bovanenkovo gas field. Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. Pictures: Andrey Naumenko, 'Yamal-Region'

The second is in the Yamal Peninsula - known to locals as 'the end of the world' - like the first. It is some hundreds kilometres from the first, which is close to a huge gas extraction plant at Bovanenkovo. This new crater in the Taz district, near the village of Antipayuta, has a diameter of about 15 metres. 

A deputy of the regional parliament - or duma - Mikhail Lapsui has examined this latest phenomenon. 

'I flew by helicopter to inspect this funnel on Saturday 19 July,' he said. 'Its diameter is about 15 meters. 'There is also ground outside, as if it was thrown as a result of an underground explosion. 

'According to local residents, the hole formed on 27 September 2013. Observers give several versions. According to the first, initially at the place was smoking, and then there was a bright flash. In the second version, a celestial body fell there.'

The Chief Scientist of the Earth Cryosphere Institute, Marina Leibman, told URA.RU website: 'I have heard about the second funnel on Yamal, in Taz district, and saw the pictures. 

'Undoubtedly, we need to study all such formations. It is necessary to be able to predict their occurrence. Each new funnel provides additional information for scientists.'

Yamal holes on the map


Crater near Antipayuta on the map


View of the crater in Antipayuta

This new crater in the Taz district, near the village of Antipayuta, has a diameter of about 15 metres. Pictures: Google maps, press service of the Governor YaNAO

The third crater and hole is in the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east of Yamal, in Kransoyark region. It was accidentally discovered by local herders, inhabitants of the northern village of Nosok. 

The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres. 

The herders almost fell into the hole which lies on a pasturing route. They took pictures of the hole which were sent to scientists at the Norilsk Taimyr Explorers' Club. 

Experts - geologists, ecologists, and historians - have not come to a consensus about the origin of the funnel, say reports in the region. 

'It is not like this is the work of men, but also doesn't look like natural formation,' said one account. 

Hole on Taymyr on the map


Big hole on Taymyr near Nosok

The herders almost fell into the hole which lies on a pasturing route. They took pictures of the hole which were sent to scientists at the Norilsk Taimyr Explorers' Club. Pictures: Google maps,  Local residents

Further study is planned of this hole. 

The first hole is around 70 metres deep with an icy lake at its bottom. 

Please see our reports on the first hole here and here.

Comments (138)

They need to fly a RC quad chopper down into it.
BJ, US
31/07/2014 10:00
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these cones are shaped like venturi nozzles they are near water I wonder if the sand is being used as a natural filter for what ever is sucking up the water..but what do I know?
Rick , Plymouth Ma
31/07/2014 09:34
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the visual evidence shows that first the soil bubbled up from pressure of air gas under the ground, the air gas seeped out of the bubbling ground until the pressure was relived then without the pressure of the gas the hollow ground collapsed on itself creating these very large sink holes. There was never an outward explosion of soil and gas. this is exactly what happened.
Why hasn't anyone told you people this?
Smart, USA
31/07/2014 07:52
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It is a volcanic inversion.
Calabash, SE USA
31/07/2014 07:10
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They activated and then retrieved the buried STARGATES.
To'kra,
31/07/2014 06:20
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This region is sedimentary permafrost soils. The stratigraphy visible in the holes show layering of soil, not rock/bedrock. This is nature's version of the bubbling pot of thick soup. Gases build up below ground, exterting pressures in all directions, the only way "out" is pop up through the surface. This is a blowhole, the "smooth" circular sides are the equivalent of a bubble in the pot breaking the surface of your soup, circular hole, crater debris and all. The density and loose structure of the soil is what allows such a "perfect" look to this expulsion hole. Loose the "due to climate change" weasel words though..that is an agenda term not at all evidenced in this case.
Xiccarph, Minneapolis USA
31/07/2014 01:37
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It's the beings living in inner earth.
andy, michigan
31/07/2014 00:51
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It is the secret lasers installed on the satellites over us. Testing in places noone will find before they actually use it and destroy us all.
Haywood Yablowme, winnipeg, Canada
31/07/2014 00:48
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It is the secret lasers installed on the satellites over us. Testing in places noone will find before they actually use it and destroy us all.
Haywood Yablowme, winnipeg, Canada
31/07/2014 00:46
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The craters are a common geologic phenomenon called a “Pingo.” Pingos form when the hydrostatic pressure of freezing groundwater raises a layer of frozen ground. See more on my blog: http://wryheat.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/the-siberian-crater-a-pingo-is-what-done-it/
Jonathan DuHamel, Tucson, AZ USA
31/07/2014 00:35
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Ja en sak är säkert! Det är större hål än spik i foten.
som Hasse Alfredsson skulle sagt.
Spik Nubben, Sverige
31/07/2014 00:19
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Similar to what occurred in Mexico when the meteor hit earth 65 MM years ago there were deep chutes. The siberian trapps eruptions 250MM years ago probably caused the same thing (chutes) and are just now reappearing due permafrost changes. It has been postulated that the siberian trapps were not caused by a meteor hitting siberia but one anitpodal that hit Antarctica causing the explosions in Siberia 180 degrees away. That pressure caused mutliple chutes that are now being further exposed.
Richard , USA
30/07/2014 23:55
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before this they found hell sound
now again this may provin gates of hell so request to all Repent believe in jesus christ escape from hell because it is real
james julian , kapurthala punjab india
30/07/2014 23:48
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I believe is has something to do with the CERN Super Collider. It may be causing temporary black holes/suppers conduits to randomly appear Fortunately, it has been in unpopulated areas so far, but one could end up in the middle of a population density. Contrary to what egotistical scientists believe, Particle Physics is still unknown territory, potentially with disastrous consequence.
Shaun, Middle of America
30/07/2014 23:26
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I bet its government. They are doing this. Look how smooth the insides look. Think .... all the technology and weapons we have. Could it be they are testing high powered lasers for a new weapon?
tommy, florida
30/07/2014 23:21
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