origin of giant sinkhole craters in Siberia has prompted dozens of
wild theories, from meteorites to UFOs. An RT documentary has
traveled to the region to try and lift the veil behind the mystery.
inside the mystery holes in the Russian Yamal peninsula is an
experience of a lifetime, according to RT documentary correspondent
Vitaly Buzuev. The largest of the craters, discovered a year ago, is
60 meters deep. “I
was really shocked when I saw these holes for the first time. It’s
the biggest hole in Yamal, and you could put a 25-storey building
inside it,” Buzuev
natives aren’t looking for scientific explanations of the holes’
origin, Buzuev said. They prefer to believe the craters have a
“connection to another world.”
who lives there and nomads roaming through the tundra need to hear
the voice of the Earth. So they believe that something extraordinary
happened, and there’s no explanation,” he added.
scientists, as usual, have quite a prosaic explanation. They point to
the fact that the sinkholes emerged in a gas-rich location. Russia’s
energy giant Gazprom is working its gas field not far away
believe gas is the unique cause of these phenomena, because the gas,
thanks to gravity, tries to come to the surface, searches for
fractures and cracks, and goes through to the surface,” Vasily
Bogoyavlensky, head of the geological and geophysical lab working on
site, told RT.
one mystery remains, even for the scientists: the question of why the
holes are perfectly round. What’s more, dozens of smaller sinkholes
have been discovered around the giant ones.