Bottomless Pit Opens Up at the End of the World - Weird Theories Ensue
A huge crater has appeared in Siberia, and it has scientists completely flabbergasted. The Siberian Times revealed this footage of the seemingly endless pit that is thus far of unknown origin:
[Credit: The Siberian Times]
The pit is in a remote part of Siberia, in one of the northernmost points of Russia, an area called Yamal. The video was taken by engineer Konstantin Nikolaev, after passengers in his oil-and-gas industry helicopter convinced the pilot to hover over the mysterious hole. Witnesses stated that the hole was large enough for the 60-foot-long helicopter to enter without scraping the sides. Russia's Emergency Ministries was present at an investigative effort, and the Russian Academy of Sciences is expected to take samples and attempt to discover the origins of the crater.
Although scientists have not yet had time to formulate informed theories, the most prominent and well-reasoned expert, namely the internet, has had more than enough time to weigh in. UFO conspiracy theories cropped up immediately, although the reasoning behind these theories is unclear. Some believed that it was a secret passageway to "hollow Earth," a conspiracy theory which asserts that the Earth is actually hollow. This vision of the Earth remains unsupported by empirical evidence, but is prominently featured in many classic works of science fiction (sometimes placed in its own subgenre called subterranean fiction), such as Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth and W.H. Hudson's A Crystal Age. Many speculated that the pit was a portent of Armageddon, as Yamal literally translates to "end of the world."
A meteorite impact seems to be the most popular theory, but no seismic event has been recorded, and there were no witness sightings of any kind of flash in the sky. Furthermore, when asked if the hole could have been caused by a meteorite crash, a spokesman for the Yamal branch of the Emergencies Ministry said "we can definitely say that it's not a meteorite. No details yet."
The theory that seems to have the most scientific support characterizes the pit as a sign of global warming. According to this theory, global warming caused the Siberian permafrost to melt, which released a copious amount of natural gas. The pressure from the release of deposits of gas may have caused an explosion.