Giant Mystery Hole Opens in Siberian Region Named "End of the World" - Update

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Giant Mystery Hole Opens in Siberian Region Named "End of the World" - Update

A hole of massive diameter and unknown depth has been spotted in Siberia, puzzling scientists.

Update (July 21): Russian scientists investigated the hole and found it to be up to 300 feet deep and only 195 feet in diameter, with an icy lake at its bottom.

Satellite mapping imagery is being used to determine when the hole appeared, with current estimates suggesting it formed within the last year or two. Rising temperatures in the area is believed to be the most likely cause.

Andrey Plekhanov, senior researcher at the Russian Scientific Centre of Arctic Research, says the crater consists of 80 percent ice.

"We can say for sure that under the influence of internal processes there was an ejection in the permafrost," Dr. Plekhanov said. "I've never seen anything like this, even though I have been to Yamal many times."

Anna Kurchatova from the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre believes global warming may be to blame, suggesting that rapid melting of the under-soil ice released gas and caused an effect similar to the popping of a champagne bottle cork.

Source: The Daily Mail

Original story: The hole, 262 feet in diameter, was found in Russia's Yamal Peninsula - a name that translates to "End of the World" in the native language of the indigenous Nenet people. Helicopter footage shows that the hole has uplifted edges and is surrounded by debris.

Speculation about the hole's origin abounds, and scientists are being deployed to investigate and take soil samples.

"We can definitely say that it is not a meteorite," a spokesman for the Yamal branch of the country's Emergencies Ministry told The Siberian Times, adding that there are no further details yet.

The hole is near a natural gas field, which has led to one theory that it was caused by an explosion triggered by a mixture of gas, salt, and water igniting underground. Another theory suggests this was the site of an alien spacecraft launch. We'll let you decide which sounds more plausible.

According to Dr. Chris Fogwill, a polar scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, the images of the hole are consistent with features that occur naturally due to seasonal thawing of snow in the tundra - albeit an "extreme version" of what we normally observe.

What theory do you find most likely?

Source: The Huffington Post

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That video looks like the intro of a found-footage terror movie....

Ylla:
That video looks like the intro of a found-footage terror movie....

Honestly, it reminded me of the footage of the footprint in 1999 Godzilla.

The grown-up rational adult in me realizes that there is a perfectly reasonable and scientific reason for why this happened. The wide-eyed child, who's always on the look out for wonder, truly wishes for some fantastical origin.

tl:dr meh...squee!

Do non of you read the new 52 Super-Girl? Clearly this is where her ship crash landed on earth! Gahh!!!

.... So yes... its definitely aliens. Sexy, blonde, leotard wearing aliens.

It was clearly made by a legion of Dugtrio.

The scientists are only saying that because they don't want us to know that Pokemon really exist. I mean, how else did that asphalt melt in the previous news article?

Other than that, I got nothing.

Well, I'm not saying it's aliens but I think you know where I'm going with this.

You know, I am getting a sinking feeling (pun intended) that this is the end. XD

It....it.....it was the crab people!

Uh, um, hmm. *cough* Yeah, anyway...

It was most likely a gas eruption. That region is riddled with pits just like that one.

Seriously, as one Youtube poster put it, the whole region looks like Swiss cheese.

If that's the aftermath of an alien spaceship's launch then I'd hate to be the guy to tend the launchpads on their world(s).

It's the gates of Hell opening up! And we need to shove a bunch of cows down there to close it up. (CKII References)

Honestly, I don't know what it is, but whatever it is, isn't a scary thing (Unless someone fell down there and proved otherwise)...

This is where one of the defense towers left behind by our extraterrestrial progenitors will soon arise to save Earth from cosmic annihilation!

So easy a child could figure that out. Like, duh.

Vigormortis:
It....it.....it was the crab people!

Uh, um, hmm. *cough* Yeah, anyway...

It was most likely a gas eruption. That region is riddled with pits just like that one.

Seriously, as one Youtube poster put it, the whole region looks like Swiss cheese.

The map of the area you posted makes this a lot less exciting, you're right the whole region is swiss cheese. This is just the largest hole, but it's only that, just a big gas hole. Russia got torn a new gashole.

You can see that there is a further cave system in there, so we have a massive subterrainean area down there. As to why it caved in? Could've been time, could've been gas, could've been Cthonians. They'll find out why eventually. Till then, this is interesting as hell.

If a Flying fAiry comes out of the Chasm and starts talking about awakening crystals ignore it or were all doomed! And if it fLies anywhere near me i'm gonna spam Bug Slayer till it crawls back down the hole it came from!

In the immortal words of Bender, "We're boned."

Proof that Russia is way ahead of us field testing Orbital Laser Cannon or Kinetic Bombardment technology.

I think they should call it the "Magical Mystery Hole."

It's kind of incredible how much this looks like trailer footage for some new Sci-Fi suspense movie.

Maybe it's just because Hollywood has done so many different scenarios, but I can totally see this video cutting to news footage of the unexplained destruction of a nearby town, then cutting to a famous actor looking grim.

So, it happened in a place called "The End of the World", and was likely caused by a sort of gas mixture...well, it sounds to me like it has been confirmed that this is the rear end of the world.

If it was an something from off earth making it I'd have made a joke about chimera and all that we know coming to an end.

Fiz_The_Toaster:
It was clearly made by a legion of Dugtrio.

The scientists are only saying that because they don't want us to know that Pokemon really exist. I mean, how else did that asphalt melt in the previous news article?

Other than that, I got nothing.

I'm supporting this theory!
I know I've seen them before, in the long grass!
But always when I'm getting close, some strange black van comes and tells me I can't be there and then I wake up at home.

Now the Pokémon are also starting to fight back the system!

Guffe:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
It was clearly made by a legion of Dugtrio.

The scientists are only saying that because they don't want us to know that Pokemon really exist. I mean, how else did that asphalt melt in the previous news article?

Other than that, I got nothing.

I'm supporting this theory!
I know I've seen them before, in the long grass!
But always when I'm getting close, some strange black van comes and tells me I can't be there and then I wake up at home.

Now the Pokémon are also starting to fight back the system!

It's only a matter of time before we can finally see them! Government meddling be damned!

Soon I can finally own a canine that can breath fire! :O

Global warming raised temperature in SIberia. this means melting ice. This means acessing previuosly iancessible underground ice caves. One of such has opened with a striaght shaft down, allowing a lot of Methane gas (thats bad) to escape into atmosphere. hence, gas eruption.

BUt of course, noone likes to think about global warming, so it must be chuthulu!

I like how we have the choice of believing there is a plausible scientific reason for how it happened, or aliens!

Clearly the planet is sending us a sign that digging up those ET cartridges was a mistake and is providing us with a new burial site.

It's either that, the Sarlacc or some gargantuan subterranean elder beast that has been the cause of the planets seismic activity since the dawn of time.

You know, it doesn't surprise me one bit that this is in Russia, this sounds like just the thing that would happen in that 3rd world nation.

This is what happens when Putin wrestles a bear :P

Grab your demonicas men.
We're going into the schwarzwelt.

Dirty Apple:
The grown-up rational adult in me realizes that there is a perfectly reasonable and scientific reason for why this happened. The wide-eyed child, who's always on the look out for wonder, truly wishes for some fantastical origin.

tl:dr meh...squee!

Why does reasonable and scientific have to be mutually exclusive with fantastical?

I mean, I'm reading about this from the other side of a world on a machine built from, and powered by, decomposed primeval forests contemporary with giant reptilian monsters that predated humanity by a few orders of magnitude of the duration of civilisation.

This was clearly made by a Thresher Maw. It's the only logical explanation.

Well, at least it isn't the door to Hell, because that one is clearly in Turkmenistan.

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It's quite obvious that this is where Lavos landed, and has since burrowed deep into the core of our planet. He's a few eons late, but he's finally here to wipe us out.

At least we'll get a cool floating kingdom based around magic out of the deal. =3

Is it a kaiju portal? Tell me it is a kaiju portal!

Kyber:
You know, it doesn't surprise me one bit that this is in Russia, this sounds like just the thing that would happen in that 3rd world nation.

dese words, guise. dey r pain.

OT: Looks like a sinkhole. It's probably what they're saying, a collapsed gas chamber.

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