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posted by azrael on Monday July 28 2014, @07:28PM   Printer-friendly
from the hidden-depths dept.

A vast crater discovered in a remote region of Siberia known to locals as "the end of the world" is causing a sensation in Russia, with a group of scientists being sent to investigate.

The giant hole in the remote energy-rich Yamalo-Nenetsky region first came to light in a video uploaded to YouTube that has since been viewed more than seven million times. "The crater is enormous in size--you could fly down into it in several Mi-8s (helicopters) without being afraid of hitting anything," the person who posted the video, named only as Bulka, wrote.

The crater is located in the permafrost around 30 kilometres (18 miles) from a huge gas field north of the regional capital of Salekhard, roughly 2,000 kilometres northeast of Moscow. [The deputy director of the Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vasily Bogoyavlensky] said the crater was likely to have been caused by the melting of underground ice in the permafrost, freeing gas that then built up high pressure and broke through to the surface. "At some point an explosion took place without any flame," Bogoyavlensky said.

In an effort to discover its mysteries, regional governor Dmitry Kobylkin sent a group of scientists into the tundra where the crater is located in the Yamal peninsula--which translates as "the end of the world", Interfax reported.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Monday July 28 2014, @08:18PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 28 2014, @08:18PM (#74761) Journal

    Explosion as used in most of the news reports merely meant eruption (escape) without fire.
    That's probably worse for the atmosphere than if it had caught fire.

    Looking at the pictures, there is no burning near the hole.

    Also TFS says someone claimed:
        "you could fly down into it in several Mi-8s (helicopters) without being afraid of hitting anything,"

    Since a Mi-8 has a rotar span of 22 meters, and the hole is only 60 meters in diameter, there would be more than a little intestinal fortitude involved in navigating even ONE chopper down there.

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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Tuesday July 29 2014, @03:01PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Tuesday July 29 2014, @03:01PM (#75076)

    Oh pah, they have over 5 meters of clearance among the choppers and the wall. Grow some balls ;)

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