An unexplained Siberian sinkhole found in a field in the Yamal peninsula is attracting the attention of everyone as researchers theorize how its formation came to be. These types of developments in various parts around the world have been happening in recent years more and more.
Anna Kurchatova, a scientist with the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre, suggests that the gas field in the area could be reacting to embedded ice disappearing that once covered sand, salt, and methane. It originated as a large part of the sea long ago, Island Crisis reports on July 21.
Due to global warming, the ice may have thawed in this part of the world then gases inside it exploded. This is one explanation for the mysterious 262-foot Siberian sinkhole. Unfortunately, if this theory is true, it's not good. It could mean that since the north pole is already enduring the thawing of permafrost, that other areas like this will explode as well.
Slash Gear adds in its report that the hole is estimated to be about 2-years-old. This formation might also simply mean soil in the earth shifted around and caused the large sinkhole. Scientists have gathered samples of air, water, and soil of the region for analysis.
As Island Crisis reports, scientific evaluations is quite tricky because researchers are unable to get into the lake due to safety issues. The location is quite fragile and could crumble at any moment. The crater is apparently made of ice. Cameras had to suffice in observing events taking place below the surface.
This isn't the result of a meteorite hitting the earth causing a large crater -- this according to other experts. The reason being there's isn't evidence showing an explosion happened. Characteristics associated with explosions aren't noted in this hole. It seems to experts that is was more of an ejection, and not an explosion. No heat was released in the Siberian sinkhole, it's been determined.