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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)

Gerry above uses some fault reasoning. Why should we assume that a natural hole would be less circular than a manmade one? Plus, how can you make that sort of assessment from like... 2 or 3 pictures?
Adam, New York
30/07/2014 23:12
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it's amazing how many people have to add their "funny" movie or tv related joke here. kinda sad that we can't discuss this rationally. people need to turn off the tv and get out a bit more...
Mr. Bauld, Somerville, MA, USA
30/07/2014 22:48
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They are giant Rabbit holes
DrGoats, Australia
30/07/2014 22:48
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The SilverSurfer did it.
R, Eindhoven/NL
30/07/2014 22:38
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What is surprising is how round and cleanly cut they all are. If they were random and natural explosions of some kind, you would expect their shape to be less regular. The edges are clean and smooth. As impossible as it sounds, it looks as if a huge drill had made them. It's a real mystery.
Gerry, Galway/Ireland
30/07/2014 22:23
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One explanation for the emergence of drilling on the ground evidence of the death of the ground initially.

First. Withdrawal of fossil fuels, oil and gas (blood ground)
Second. An imbalance in the movement of groundwater due to (withdraw blood ground)
Third. Loss of balance as a result of changes made ​​in the shifting balance of minerals and earth excavation work to raise mountains of raw materials for melting snow
Fourth. Climate change cause seismic movement sea earthquakes, volcanoes and not appear because it is sensory.

Air_energyproject@yahoo.co.uk
wadeea Khalaf, Iraq - living in Jordan.amman
30/07/2014 22:13
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A gas explosion set off by a lighting strike would be my guess.
Randy, Minneapolis, USA
30/07/2014 21:24
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A gas explosion set off by a lighting strike would be my guess.
Randy, Minneapolis, USA
30/07/2014 21:22
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Mole men
Marvel Universe, Movietown.usa
30/07/2014 19:58
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I saw the same hole on Alien VS Predator so it's some kind of laser from space
Jeff, USA
30/07/2014 19:40
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Ok, they had a permafrost expert look at these holes and she came to the conclusion that it was some type of gas release. She did not know what type of gas, but she said there was a strong odor of sulfur in the air. So, the hole was created by either natural gas (aka methane) or hydrogen sulfide.
Concerned Professional, USA
30/07/2014 18:45
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MARSIANS, DEFINITELY MARSIANS !!!!!!!!
PAUL, OAKVILLE, ONTARIO
30/07/2014 18:28
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Dharma Initiative! :)
krampam, Budapest
30/07/2014 16:01
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This is is something suspicious. This is not like it happened naturally.
ERIC, UAE
30/07/2014 13:24
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As of 2009 the magnetic north pole has been migrating towards Siberia at a rate of 40 miles per year, quite possibly accelerating as it goes. I wonder if this affects the formation of pingos? Since they are found between 60 and 75 degrees north latitude in Canada and Siberia, this would seem to make sense. The lines of magnetic Flux may direct heat from the earth's core in such a way as to cause these ice plugs to slowly melt, and ride up and down on a column of water, like a percolater, causing the smoothly polished sides we see in the hole, until finally, enough pressure builds up and breaks through the layer of soil?
raven lc, united states
30/07/2014 13:08
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