A recently discovered abyss in northern Russia measures a staggering 262 feet in diameter. It is located in Siberia on the Yamal Peninsula, which translates to “end of the world.” The hole appeared near a forest just 19 miles from the largest part of the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project – the largest of its kind in Russia. While the exact cause is not known, at least one scientist is postulating that the hole is attributable to global warming.
As reviewed in the Siberian Times, Anna Kurchatova of the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre said she thinks “the crater was formed by water, salt and gas mixing together underground and igniting to create an underground explosion.” According to her theory, the melting permafrost ice released gas that mixed with sand beneath the surface, combined with salt from an ancient seabed, and caused a massive release of gas akin to the “popping of a champagne bottle cork.”
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