Monstrous Crater Suddenly Appeared in Arctic Tundra

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More than a 20-meter wide hole was found in the Northern Yamal region. 

While traveling by helicopter, a group of journalists came upon this wonder. Discovered earlier this year, many researchers and regional television channels have been interested in this massive crater.

This large hole makes the tundra look like a meteor crashed on it. It is not the only crater found in the Yamal Peninsula. The first crater was discovered in 2014, and since then, there have been more of its kind. 

Dubbed Crater 17 as 16 similar ones have been discovered in Siberia’s extreme northwest.

According to various studies, the cause for the phenomenon is the explosions that happen due to large amounts of gas accumulated under the Tundra permafrost. Researchers predict that this will keep on happening, and more craters will be created in the future. 

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According to various studies, the cause for the phenomenon is the explosions that happen due to large amounts of gas accumulated under the Tundra permafrost. Researchers predict that this will keep on happening, and more craters will be created in the future. 

A researcher named Vasily Bogoyavlensky says that “the explosions occur when the ground pressure reaches 12 atmospheres.” It has the capability to throw soil several hundred meters from the epicenter. 

What differentiates this crater from the others is its largeness and depth, says Vasily. The location of the newest crater is unknown. But most of them are situated near local oil and gas installations. 

The first crater was found not far from Bovanenkovo, a vast natural gas field. This area is the main focus of Russian petroleum companies. 

Novatek and Gazprom are the largest companies in the Yamal region. In the near future, both the organizations plan to open several new major hydrocarbon projects.

Authorities believe that their local infrastructure will be affected by these explosions. Environmental and economic damages are likely to occur. 

There are about 300,000 craters in the world created by asteroid impacts. The constant wind and rain, lava flows, or downslope movement of materials on the Earth’s surface hide its history. About 128 confirmed impact craters have been sighted on the Earth’s surface. 

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