More mystery craters appear in SiberiaOne of new craters, surrounded by at least 20 smaller holes, is just six miles from a major gas production plant.Experts have predicted there could be up to 30 more are waiting to be discovered.Scientsts, however, are still largely baffled by the exact processes causing the craters.Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has called for 'urgent' investigation of the new phenomenon amid safety fears.Until now, the existence of only three Siberian craters had been established when great caverns in the frozen landscape were spotted by passing helicopter pilots.'We know now of seven craters in the Arctic area,' Professor Bogoyavlensky told The Siberian Times.'Five are directly on the Yamal peninsula, one in Yamal Autonomous district, and one is on the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, near the Taimyr peninsula.'We have exact locations for only four of them.'The other three were spotted by reindeer herders.'But I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them. I would compare this with mushrooms.'When you find one mushroom, be sure there are few more around. I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more.'Two of the newly-discovered large craters - also known as funnels to scientists - have turned into lakes, revealed Professor Bogoyavlensky.'It is important not to scare people, but this is a very serious problem.'We must research this phenomenon urgently to prevent possible disasters.We cannot rule out new gas emissions in the Arctic and in some cases they can ignite.'
More mysterious craters have been spotted in Siberia, and researchers are starting to sound more than a little alarmed about the phenomenon. Vasily Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of Russia's Oil and Gas Research Institute, says at least seven suspicious craters have now been spotted—five of them in a region known as the "end of the world"—and a satellite image shows one of them has at least 20 water-filled "baby craters" around it. "I would compare this with mushrooms: When you find one mushroom, be sure there are [a] few more around. I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more," he tells the Siberian Times. He's calling for urgent research "to prevent possible disasters" that could affect cities and oil industry infrastructure in the region.Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters
Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia.
Now, with the help of satellite imagery, researchers have located four additional craters--and they believe there may be dozens more in the region. That has them calling for an urgent investigation to protect residents living in the area.
"I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them... I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more," Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. "It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this."
Researchers ventured deep inside one of the holes last November, collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December.