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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 29 2014, @03:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 29 2014, @03:33AM (#74857)

    miniature antimatter-meteor crater created by exotic deep space particles propelled into our solar system by a supernova blast wave or similar forces.. sorry if my occam`s razor is a little rusty ;)

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by nwf on Tuesday July 29 2014, @04:20AM

    by nwf (1469) on Tuesday July 29 2014, @04:20AM (#74861)

    Nah, it's a pussy riot viral video designed to irk Putin.