|The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter – more than four metres. (Credit: Local residents)|
By The Siberian Times
Reindeer herders find more craters in the far north in a deepening puzzle for scientists.
Millions of people around the world glimpsed the first giant hole after it was revealed by The Siberian Times . . .. Now news has emerged of two new similar formations in the permafrost, prompting more intrigue about their creation.
Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. The version about melting permafrost due to climate change, causing a release of methane gas, which then forces an eruption is the current favorite, though scientists are reluctant to offer a firm conclusion without more study. . . .