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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 (139)

If these holes are the result of an outward explosion then where is the displaced material? The area around the holes is pristine and untouched.
Kåre Ljung, Sauda, Norway
29/07/2014 19:50
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Ugh, Sharon, planetx????? PLease. THats about as old as the global warming hoax.
Josh, ANYWHERE
29/07/2014 19:46
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It must be silver surfer wandering around. Just saying.
Ventagli, Cainta
29/07/2014 19:35
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It's obvious. Aliens vs. Predators is a document and at the bottom of the crater there is a temple and the aliens.
Scientist predator, Finland
29/07/2014 14:30
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These holes are from liquifaction activity occurring underground, stemming from large magnitude earthquakes happening deeply below the surface next to a freshwater lake or tributary. The landmass foundation is showing signs of weakening in the area of the holes.
o, usa
29/07/2014 07:41
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After reviewing the pictures and what has been said; what created the craters had to be exceedingly hot, to be able to achieve the depths they did. Probably not very large, because of the size of the craters that were formed. Very much like a bullet. I would expect to a very high velocity impact to achieve such depth.

What would be interesting would be to do a ballistics analysis and plot back where they came from. At least for the one known hole.
William W Lee, Snellville, Georgia, USA
29/07/2014 06:15
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They are Pingos, just like the other one recently found: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/8147/20140719/siberias-giant-hole-became-lot-less-mysterious-video.htm



Wikipedia info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingo
Jeremy, USA
29/07/2014 04:51
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Could these be the Siberian version of crop circles? Mysteries that are fun to speculate about but will never be solved?
I hope the scientists in charge can explain the rings of dirt and rocks around the holes. They look, from here, like evidence that someone or something has been digging.
Daisy Buchanan, Seattle, USA
29/07/2014 03:48
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These holes are probably the result of natural caverns accumulating natural gas (which is common to the region) and being explosively ignited by lightning striking the ground within a few hundred feet. Note the charring of the feature and the extruded material around its perimeter.
Plowboy, USSA
29/07/2014 03:36
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It's the magnetic pull from planetX approaching the earth. It's a matter of time! Jesus is returning just like he said he would!
Sharon , USA
29/07/2014 02:47
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It was drilled. In the first photo, you can see four marks outside the whole to support the drill, perhaps off of a crane.
lattegirl, Shelton, USA
29/07/2014 02:27
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The brave, stoic, nomadic Siberian herders think you're an absolute idiot. Put a fence around it so they don't fall in? It's a bloody big hole in the ground. The first thing they think when seeing such a thing isn't "that needs a fence" but "If I fall into that I'll die. I think I shall avoid falling into that."
Safety Sally, Earth
29/07/2014 02:09
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We must get to the bottom of this.
Hugo Smedlap, No Trees/America
29/07/2014 01:27
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A most fascinating phenomenon. Such symmetry. How OLD are they? Admittedly they are recent discoveries, but how OLD are the holes themselves?
William W Lee, Snellville, Georgia, USA
29/07/2014 01:14
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Millions and Millions of people say that aliens were here last!
Osmildo Felicio, Brasília, Brasil
28/07/2014 23:58
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