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originally posted by: Agit8dChop
im guessing a long long time ago something punctured that piece of crust. Maybe it was a meteor or who knows what.
Over millennia as the permafrost/ice/rock has built up over it, that perfect little hole continually froze, unfroze, fell through, refroze, unfroze etc... expanded, froze, fell through, expanded.. Its permafrost after all.
The sides are smooth, but they are wet. There's water dripping down. some sort of ice melting yeah?
I'm thinking each cycle of this thing a cork creates its self made of permafrost.
The older it gets the heavier it gets eventually (maybe 100's of years) the circular shape provided from the meteor or what ever contracts too much and pushes the circular permafrost cork through, like a deep pimple. the friction on the permafrost melts and slides the length of the hole. causing a smoothish look, a melted ice smoothish look!!
I doubt a mechanical object rose out of the ground, war of the worlds style.
Between 1949 and 1989, 456 atomic and thermonuclear devices were exploded at the Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS) under conditions of tight confidentiality. Explosions were conducted on the surface and in the atmosphere. Five of the surface tests were unsuccessful and resulted in the dispersion of plutonium into the environment, with the first test on 29 August 1949 unexpectedly contaminating villages to the northeast of the STS.
Lake Chagan was created by a 140-kt underground nuclear explosion, equivalent to 140,000 tons of TNT, on 15 January 1965. The crater formed by the Chagan explosion had a diameter of 408 m and a depth of 100 m. Approximately20 percent of the radioactive fission particles released by the explosion escaped into the atmosphere, wrote Milo D. Nordyke in The Soviet Program for Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Explosions. Radioactivity from the test was detected as far away as Japan.
Researchers later discovered that large amounts of radioactive material associated with nuclear weapon testing had been dumped into the Barents and Kara seas. Novaya Zemlya - The Sad Reality describes how Novaya Zemlya was also used as a graveyard for various nuclear weapons, submarines, and reactors, which were sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Many vessels still had their radioactive materials aboard. These materials were not properly disposed of. As containers break down and submarines corrode, the materials inside have the potential to pollute marine life and disperse radioactivity into the ecosystem. Strong currents can then carry contaminants into fishing grounds and into the feeding areas of sea mammals and birds.