Scientists believe they now have figured out exactly how those massive craters discovered in Siberia earlier this year were created. And as The Siberian Times reported Oct. 10, the holes may very well be linked to one of the world’s most intriguing mystery locations — the Bermuda Triangle.
The three craters were discovered this past summer in the Yamal, which translates to the exotic-sounding “End of the world,” and Tamyr peninsulas, with two being found in the former. The findings prompted a firestorm of speculation in the scientific community and on the internet. Theories of the Siberia craters’ origin ranged from underground gas explosions to meteor impacts to UFOs.
Scientists from the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum-Gas Geology and Geophysics in Novosibirsk believe they may have the actual answer. Their findings were published in Science in Siberia journal, and what they discovered was the holes came about by a process of contributing factors. They explained that by studying the largest of the ‘End of the world’ craters they found that it was caused by heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions and also from below, due to geological fault lines. All of this led to a release of gas hydrates.
“The main element – and this is our working theory to explain the Yamal crater – was a release of gas hydrates,” scientist Vladimir Potapov observed. “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.”
Gas, such as methane, is trapped inside the gas hydrates. And it is these gas hydrates which have been postulated to be the source behind the strange occurrences in the Bermuda Triangle.
According to Igor Yeltsov, the Trofimuk Institute’s deputy head: “There is a theory that the Bermuda Triangle is caused by gas hydrates. They start to actively decompose with methane ice turning into gas. It happens in an avalanche-like way, like a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas. That makes the ocean heat up, and ships sink in waters which are infused with huge amounts of gas. This leads to the air becoming supersaturated with methane, creating an extremely turbulent atmosphere, leading to aircraft crashes.”
In the Science in Siberia article, the Yamal and Tamyr peninsula craters were referred to as “a distant relative of the Bermuda triangle.” Potapov likened their formation to “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.”
When news of the first Siberia hole broke, it was feared that they might pose a danger to the gas fields in the area. The large hole, which is located less than 20 miles from the natural gas processing center at Bovanenkovo, was discovered in July. The other two were discovered mere days later, the last by a group of reindeer herders.