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originally posted by: crazyewok
Some sort of Weapons test?
originally posted by: SummerLightning
The Yamal peninsula is noted for its thermokarst lakes (also called thaw lakes or cave-in lakes). The landscape is characterised by hummocks or domes (hence the apparently raised edges), created by frost heave - they are prone to collapse when the summer thaw arrives. Global warming is relevant here in that permafrost melt is becoming more common.
Scientists, and Russian scientists above all, would be well aware of this. Credulous journalists seeking to wind us all up with tales of meteors and ufos taking off from their underground bases would do well to do some basic research!
originally posted by: 8fl0z
a reply to: nighthawk1954
something about the size of that hole, and the way it blasted through bedrock, tells me it has been there for a good while. it is in an incredibly remote region of the world, even in russia. its possible that this hole couldve been there for hundreds of years already, maybe not as large as today, but this kind of this probably doesnt happen over night.
if it did though, my guess is it has something to do with that underground river...maybe a part of the tunnel the river carved caved in on itself, leading to a build up of pressure, along with water heated by the earth, causing the rupture we see today.