A massive crater was unearthed in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia in July this year after some oil and gas technicians aboard a helicopter captured the rare video of the giant hole while they were passing over the region.
Siberia’s crater was not only the exceptional one as two more mysterious sinkholes further appeared in Russia.
The scientists and experts continue to be in the dearth of knowledge about these mysterious sinkholes and their formation.
In an attempt to find out the factors that lead to such phenomenon, a group of researchers, scientists, a professional climber and a medic commenced a mission for descending into the bottom of the giant rater. The mission was led under Vladimir Pushkarev, of Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration.
The group behind the exploration believed that their work would shed enough light upon the formation of the mysterious sinkhole.
The researchers’ group is presently working on a theory that says — gas hydrates are likely to be responsible for the formation of the mysterious crater. Gas hydrates are ice-like water forms, containing gas molecules like methane, which has natural occurrence in permafrost regions and under some parts of the oceans. It is interesting to know about the close association between the gas hydrates and the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, where the disappearance of giant ships and aircrafts remain unexplainable.
“It is believed that the Bermuda Triangle is a result of gas hydrates reactions. They start to actively decompose with methane ice turning into gas. It occurs in an avalanche-like way, such as a nuclear reaction, producing large amounts of gas. That results into the heating up of the ocean and sinking of the ships in its waters mixed with a giant proportion of gas,” said Igor Yeltsov, from the Trofimuk Institute.
Attempting to solve the mystery behind the massive crater in Russia, the scientists from Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum-Gas Geology and Geophysics argued both the heat from below the surface (because of the geological fault lines) and above the surface (due to the warm climatic conditions) triggered the massive release of gas hydrates that finally led to the underground explosions as the eruptions occurring under the Atlantic Ocean that have possibly formed the Bermuda triangle phenomenon.
Pushkarev described the exploration mission as a big success as they have managed to make it down into the funnel and gather all the necessary measurements. The researchers have, however, clarified thata definitive conclusion cannot yet be drawn about the findings over the formation of the Siberian crater, till the data is not well processed and counter checked.