New Paper Claims That Siberian Craters Explain the Bermuda Triangle
When, three months ago, a seemingly bottomless pit of unknown origin appeared in Siberia, in an area nicknamed "the end of the world," speculation understandably ran rampant, with theories ranging from UFO's to missiles to meteorites to global warming. Two more have appeared since that time, but none of the explanations have been definitively confirmed. Now, Siberian scientists have offered yet another theory: that these "exploding holes" are distant cousins of the mysterious Bermuda triangle.
According to a paper published by the journal Science in Siberia, scientists found a presence of gas hydrates under the permafrost of the surrounding area. When frozen hydrates that contain methane gas are exposed to warm temperatures, they begin to decompose, which releases huge amounts of gas. Since the area surrounding the crater was exposed to unusually warm temperatures during a particularly hot summer, the gas hydrates could have caused a large enough explosion to yield a crater of that size.
"The main element-and this is our working theory to explain the Yamal crater-was a release of gas hydrates. It turned out that there are gas hydrates both in the deep layer, which on peninsula is several hundred meters down, and on the layer close to the surface," said co-author Vladimir Potapov.
Gas hydrates are also crucial to one of the many explanations for the famed Bermuda triangle. According to this theory, the release of gas raises the ocean's temperature, which saturates the air with methane which, in turn, causes a turbulent atmosphere that leads to a disproportionate number of airplane crashes and shipwrecks. As a result, Science in Siberia is calling the Yamal crater "a distant relative of the Bermuda triangle."
That being said, the theory that links the craters with the Bermuda triangle has not been verified or peer-reviewed. Indeed, the Bermuda triangle itself has never been proven to exist, and is not recognized as a geographical feature by the Department of the Interior. The authors themselves admit that further study is crucial to a comprehensive understanding of the craters' origin.
"We have to continue works by all possible means. We all have to keep suggesting hypotheses and testing them," Popatov said. "We are still in the process of interpreting the [results]. One thing is clear-it was not a single reason that led to the gigantic explosion. It was like a bouquet of flowers, where each of them added something and together they led to the explosion-but at this stage we are unable to say how each of these 'flowers,' or factors, that came together, actually worked."