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More holes of mystery in Siberia (video)

More craters found in northern Russia, more theories about their formation.

Author: Trevor Quirk/Saturday, February 28, 2015/Categories: natural history, space science, environment, climate change

Perhaps you don't recall the enormous crater discovered in Siberia's Yamal peninsula back in July 2014. The Siberian Times, implementing an amusing post-Soviet analogy, described the crater as "large enough for several Mi-8 helicopters to fly into it."

The crater was, of course, regarded as mysterious, nigh occult, serving as an impetus to much entertaining theorizing about its origins.

However, the scientists dispatched to study the phenomenon conjectured that the giant hole was the result of a temperature differential and sudden release of gas. Recently, that theory has been disputed. It's still not clear exactly what's causing the explosive formation of these craters, but many scientists maintain climate change is the likely, ultimate culprit.

Turns out, according to a new report in the Siberian Times (the eerie, and beautiful images of the craters are still exclusive to the Times; but they're very much worth checking out), these craters are more common than previously thought. As many as seven craters have now been discovered, and some Russian scientists are calling for an "urgent investigation," concerned with the safety of gas drilling operations proximal to the regions where these craters have been found, the irony of which should not escape us.

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