[7] Russia's largest energy project in history, known as the Yamal project, puts the future of nomadic reindeer herding at considerable risk. An aerial view from onboard a helicopter taken on August 25, 2014 shows a crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia. And those explosions require an excess of one particular ingredient: gas. The 160-foot-deep crater opened up on northern Siberia's Yamal peninsula, The Siberian Times reports. The new Yamal pit was spotted by chance by a Vesti Yamal TV crew en route for an unrelated event in July 2020. It has a diameter of up to 60 m (200 feet). It is the 17th crater of its kind to be found and documented in Yamal since 2014 – and is thought to be the biggest. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. It is one of the largest, if not the largest of the nine craters that have appeared so far in the regions of the Yamal Peninsula and the Gyda Peninsula. B1 is the famous Yamal hole, 30 kilometers from the Bovanenkovo gas field, a natural gas field located in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug region of Russia. One of the examples of this process is the Yamal crater. A large sinkhole has been discovered on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia AFP But crater-forming blasts, it seems, are much rarer. The first methane-leaking crater (Yamal Crater) was found in the Yamal Peninsula 42 km from the Bovanenkovo gas field and that discovery was followed by several more from the Yamal and … Friday, 11 December 2020. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/huge-blast-leaves-giant-165ft-22597329 Close to the shore however, where the permafrost seal tapers to a depth of as little as 20 m (66 ft), there are significant amounts of gas leakage. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? [5][6] Nenets and Khanty reindeer herders hold about half a million domestic reindeer. It rapidly became world famous as the Yamal crater, holding secrets to the degasification of the Earth’s core. A group of scientists examined the crater and determined it has a depth of up to 50 m (164 feet). Journalists this summer came across a large crater in the Yamal Peninsula. The peninsula's gas reserves are estimated to be 55 trillion cubic meters (tcm). The new Yamal peninsula's 'crater' was registered in summer 2020. Vesti Yamal A 164-foot crater appeared along the Yamal Peninsula in Russia. Prof Bogoyavlensky explained the craters come about when “gas-saturated cavities are formed in the permafrost”. Since then, several more similar craters have been discovered in the Arctic, but scientists are still arguing about their origin. A huge crater has appeared in Russia’s Arctic region following a massive explosion. The new Yamal pit was spotted by chance by a Vesti Yamal TV crew en route for an unrelated event in July 2020. Dr Evgeny Chuvilin, a leading researcher at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, told Vesti Yamal TV the latest hole is “striking in its size and grandeur”. Explore {{searchView.params.phrase}} by color family {{familyColorButtonText(colorFamily.name)}} Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and the abrupt degassing events that recently have formed large craters on the Russian Arctic Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas have caused major concern. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. A suspected underground methane explosion has created a 50-meter-deep (164ft) crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia. “This is the subject of scientific publications.”. The sinkhole appeared to be the result of a huge explosion and several hypotheses were suggested to explain the formation of the crater, including a hit by a meteorite or a UFO, or the collapse of an underground gas facility. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. ; A team of journalists from Vesti Yamal spotted the crater—caused by an explosive … The crater was accidentally discovered by a Russian film crew earlier this summer as they were flying over the Yamal peninsula in Siberia on an unrelated assignment. Over the past couple of years, several massive craters have been discovered in the gas-rich Yamal Peninsula. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. It is believed a summer of unprecedented heat led to the blast which was caused by a build-up of methane gas. It is by far the largest in terms of both depth (31 meters or 102 feet) and diameter. The Erkuta crater formed in the winter of 2016–2017 in the southern Yamal Peninsula , in typical conditions of continuous permafrost described in a number of publications [12,13]. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. One of the examples of this process is the Yamal crater. [13] Tests conducted by Plekhanov's team showed unusually high concentrations of methane near the bottom of the sinkhole. Industry representatives now fear that their local infrastructure ultimately will be hit by the tundra explosions. The newest crater appeared earlier this summer in an undisclosed location on the Yamal peninsula. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}70°40′15″N 70°08′12″E / 70.67088°N 70.13672°E / 70.67088; 70.13672. The Yamal Peninsula has seen a spate of these craters since 2014. [7] Yamal holds Russia's biggest natural gas reserves. It was dubbed Crater 17 as 16 similar objects have been discovered in … In 2014, Yamal was the discovery site of a distinct sinkhole, or pingo, which quickly drew the attention of world media. The 160-foot-deep crater opened up on northern Siberia's Yamal peninsula, The Siberian Times reports. Crater B-1 - totally some 60 metres deep - was first noticed last year. Researchers from Skoltech and their colleagues spent more than two years studying a 20-meter wide and 20-meter deep crater in the Yamal Peninsula in … “One of the most interesting objects here is the crater that we mark as B2, located 10 kilometers to the south of Bovanenkovo. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. [10] The sinkhole appeared to be the result of a huge explosion and several hypotheses were suggested to explain the formation of the crater, including a hit by a meteorite or a UFO, or the collapse of an underground gas facility. It was spotted by chance from the air by a Vesti Yamal TV. Browse 557 yamal peninsula stock photos and images available, or search for siberia crater to find more great stock photos and pictures. When helicopter pilots spotted a mysterious, gaping hole in the earth in the Yamal Peninsula last month, newspapers described the region as the end of the world. Here we present field data on cover sediments and evolution of a gas-emission crater discovered in the Erkuta–Yakha River valley in the southern Yamal Peninsula in June 2017. In the language of its indigenous inhabitants, the Nenets, "Yamal" means "End of the Land". In 2014, massive holes began appearing in parts of Siberia. In the local Nenets language, Yamal means “end of the […] Three mystery craters were first uncovered there in 2014. Popular Mechanics reports journalists with Russian news agency Vesti Yamal in July observed a 164-foot-deep crater on the Yamal Peninsula, the … Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The crater, believed to be the largest discovered in the region so far, is the 17th such sink hole in the area. In June 2017, a reindeer herder of the Yamal peninsula in northwest Siberia, Russia, reported a loud blast and smoke rising from the ground. Blocks of ice and soil were scattered hundreds of metres from the epicentre by the force of the blast, according to scientists who studied the site after it was discovered by Vesti Yamal TV. ", Methane is leaking in an area of at least 7500 m2. They’ve been observed only in Siberia’s Yamal and Gydan peninsulas. Photos show the cylindrical hole in the ground, also called a … ", "The thawing of permafrost on the ocean floor is an ongoing process, likely to be exaggerated by the global warming of the world´s oceans. It is one of the largest, if not the largest of the nine craters that have appeared so far in the regions of the Yamal Peninsula and the Gyda Peninsula. No one is sure just how deep it goes. Featured image credit: Vesti Yamal TV A Vesti Yamal TV crew discovered a 165ft-deep crater in Russia's Arctic region while flying over the Yamal peninsula in July 2020. A crater on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, reported in the spring of 2017. It is called geothermal heat flux and it is happening all the time, regardless of human influence. A 164-foot crater appeared along the Yamal Peninsula in Russia. These are “a void space filled with gas with high pressure”, he said. [14][15], The destabilization of gas hydrates containing huge amounts of methane gas are believed to have caused the craters on the Yamal Peninsula. [17], Another crater appeared in August 2020. 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The Yamal peninsula har large natural gas resources and is today a top priority region for Russian petroleum companies. Understanding the formation of the Yamal Peninsula Gas-Emission Crater. Located on the Yamal peninsula in Russia, a far northern region whose name translates to “end of the world,” many speculated the crater could be the result of an asteroid impact, or even an extreme version of a glacial formation known as a pingo. Scientists say the craters appear randomly and it’s hard to predict the location of the next ‘explosion’. A new gigantic 50-meter deep ‘crater’ opened up in the Yamal peninsula in Russia. There are two main theories of its appearance, but both of them are based on methane as the main cause of the formation of the crater.' Evgeny Chuvilin "It is possible that the new crater followed that same model," he said. [8] The 572 km Obskaya–Bovanenkovo railway, completed in 2011, is the northernmost railway in the world. Three mystery craters were first uncovered there in 2014. The latest depression, which is 650 feet wide, was found on the Gydan penin… There are two main theories of its appearance, but both of them are based on methane as the main cause of the formation of the crater.' At the northern end of this peninsula lie the Malygina Strait and, beyond it, Bely Island. It extends roughly 700 km (435 mi) and is bordered principally by the Kara Sea, Baydaratskaya Bay on the west, and by the Gulf of Ob on the east. [11], A spokesperson for the Yamal branch of the Emergencies Ministry said, "We can definitely say that it’s not a meteorite. Pictured: the newest Yamal peninsula crater. This is the 17 th -- and considered the largest -- such sinkhole to form in the Yamal Peninsula since the phenomenon was first observed in 2014. It isn’t just any small crater though—this has been measured at around 100 feet deep and 20 meters wide. Inside the mysterious Yamal sinkhole 'crater' in Siberia . A helicopter pilot and his oil industry passengers reportedly spotted and videotaped this gaping hole in the Earth in a remote part of far northern Siberia. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The explosion occurs when the pressure of the gas builds up and pierces the layer of permafrost on top. Economic and environmental damage could be substantial. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Giant hole, thought to have been caused by methane release, is biggest of its kind discovered in Russia’s Yamal peninsula, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. [citation needed]. The crater was accidentally discovered by a Russian film crew earlier this summer as they were flying over the Yamal peninsula in Siberia on an unrelated assignment. Cryovulcanism is generally observed on other planets and satellites. Yamal Peninsula - "End of the World" - UNEXPLAINED Crater closer to be Understood as SECOND crater is DISCOVERED [VIDEO/Pics] - www.ofINTEREST.net Via Mystery Behind Giant Hole in … The crater is in an area called Yamal, which translates as "end of the world." Huge blast leaves giant 165ft deep crater in Arctic tundra amid record heat. Here we present field data on cover sediments and evolution of a gas-emission crater discovered in the Erkuta–Yakha River valley in the southern Yamal Peninsula in June 2017. In 2018, for the first time, the integration of geophysical studies on the Yamal Peninsula revealed in detail an Arctic gas-blowout crater within a river channel and adjacent land with permafrost. In 2014, on the Yamal Peninsula, not far from the Bovanenkovskoye gas field, the first crater was discovered - a giant funnel 40 meters in diameter with vertical walls. But some experts have warned that the cause of the explosions are still being investigated. According to a CAGE researcher, Aleksei Portnov:[16], "The permafrost is thawing from two sides... [T]he interior of the Earth is warm and is warming the permafrost from the bottom up. Another enormous crater has been found on the Arctic tundra in Siberia. Scientists believe the 165ft-deep hole was caused by the eruption of a build-up of methane gas beneath the thawing permafrost following record temperatures over the summer. The craters have given rise to conspiracy theories over the years – such as UFOs and weapons testing – which scientists immediately set about debunking when the first appeared in 2014. Photos show the cylindrical hole in the ground, also called a … Later, a crater with a … Photo: Screenshot from Vesti Yamal New giant crater is found on Russian Arctic tundra The more than 20 meter wide hole is the 17th of its kind discovered in the far northern Yamal region since 2014. Vesti Yamal TV/screengrab Comments [18], According to researchers at Norway's Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate [no] (CAGE), through a process called geothermal heat flux, the Siberian permafrost, which extends to the seabed of the Kara Sea, a section of the Arctic Ocean between the Yamal Peninsula and Novaya Zemlya, is thawing. A Vesti Yamal TV crew discovered a 165ft-deep crater in Russia's Arctic region while flying over the Yamal peninsula in July 2020. In some areas gas flares extend up to 25 m (82 ft). A new gigantic 50-meter deep ‘crater’ opened up in the Yamal peninsula in Russia. Aerial shot showing the newly formed crater on the Yamal peninsula. The new gigantic crater discovered in northern Yamal Peninsula in July 2020. [9] Russian gas monopolist Gazprom had planned to develop the Yurkharovskoye gas field by 2011–2012. A team of journalists from Vesti Yamal spotted the crater—caused by … After a giant crater was discovered on the Yamal Peninsula south of the Kara Sea in the Russian Arctic in 2014, it rapidly became world famous as the Yamal crater, sparking a plethora of hypotheses to explain the formation of these craters, including a hit by a meteorite or a UFO. The vast sinkhole was spotted by chance as a news crew flew past. Around the crater’s edge, the earth is a torn, grey jumble of ice and clods of permafrost. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. “It carries a lot of additional scientific information, which I am not yet ready to disclose,” he told the TV station. Another enormous crater has been found on the Arctic tundra in Siberia. It isn’t just any small crater though—this has been measured at around 100 feet deep and 20 meters wide. The first methane-leaking crater (Yamal Crater) was found in the Yamal Peninsula 42 km from the Bovanenkovo gas field (Figure 1), and that discovery was followed by several more from the Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas [ 1, 2, 3 ]. Featured image: The crater in Yamal seen from space in 30-meter Landsat 8 imagery. Crater B-1 - totally some 60 metres deep - was first noticed last year. [16], As of 2015, the Yamal peninsula had at least five similar craters. The new gigantic crater discovered in northern Yamal Peninsula in July 2020. The hole - one of the biggest found so far - was found on the Yamal peninsula in Russia as a TV crew flew overhead. Picture: Vesti Yamal. "[12], The 60-meter (66-yard) crater is believed by a senior researcher from the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, Andrei Plekhanov, in remarks to the Associated Press, to be likely the result of a "buildup of excessive pressure" underground because of warming regional temperatures in that portion of Siberia. The Yamal Crater was the first of these massive holes to be discovered in the region. The crater is estimated to be about 80 meters, or 262 feet, wide. It was first spotted in 2013 but grabbed headlines in 2014. Check out more images below. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the mystery crater was discovered on Friday, July 11. Yamal, a large peninsula jutting into Arctic waters, is the main production area for Russian gas supplied to Europe. It was reportedly initially spotted by chance by a television crew flying over the Yamal peninsula on their way back from an unrelated job in July. Russian scientists concluded that the mysterious Yamal crater, the so-called “end of the world crater” formed in 2014 on the remote Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia was the result of unusual cryovolcanic activity on Earth. Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky, of the Russian Oil and Gas Research Institute, described the hole as “unique”. [2][3], On 21 October 2016 a Russian Mi-8 helicopter carrying oil and gas workers crashed there, killing at least 19 of the 22 people on board.[4]. The process of these mounds forming and exploding is now mostly clear to science, with researchers focusing on how to distinguish the dangerous mounds from the non-explosive ones, and, … Yamal, a large peninsula jutting into Arctic waters, is the main production area for Russian gas supplied to Europe. The animal was female and was determined to be one month old[1] at the time of death. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Yamal is inhabited by a multitude of migratory bird species. Last year a giant crater was discovered on the Yamal Peninsula south of the Kara Sea in the Russian Arctic, just 30 km south of the giant Bovanenkovo oil and gas condensate field. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Picture: Vesti Yamal. Prior to their research it was proposed that methane was tightly sealed into the permafrost by water depths up to 100 m (330 ft). The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. B2 is a recently detected crater … A colossal crater that opened up on Siberia's Arctic tundra may have formed through a huge explosion resulting from climate change-induced cryovolcanism, a … Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and the abrupt degassing events that recently have formed large craters on the Russian Arctic Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas have caused major concern. The first one was discovered in 2014 near Bovanenkovo, one of Russia's biggest natural gas field. One of the main hypotheses is a methane explosion. Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude, that is, at the point 70°N and 70°E, with equal degrees. Located on the Yamal peninsula in Russia, a far northern region whose name translates to “end of the world,” many speculated the crater could be the result of an asteroid impact, or even an extreme version of a glacial formation known as a pingo. This crater, in the Yamal Peninsula, was discovered in 2014 by helicopter pilots 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Bovanenkovo, a major gas field in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district. According to anthropologist Sven Haakanson, the Yamal peninsula is the place within the Russian Federation where traditional large-scale nomadic reindeer husbandry is best preserved. The mysterious crater on the Yamal Peninsula, discovered by helicopter last week, is not as wide as original aerial estimates suggested. The appearance of giant craters in Siberia sparked dozens of wild theories about their origins, from meteorites to UFOs. The peninsula consists mostly of permafrost ground and is geologically a very young place —some areas are less than ten thousand years old. The expert said the craters was created by “colossal forces of nature”. [citation needed], In 2014, Yamal was the discovery site of a distinct sinkhole, or pingo, which quickly drew the attention of world media. The area is largely undeveloped, but work is ongoing with several large infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline and several bridges. The Yamal Peninsula (Russian: полуо́стров Яма́л) is located in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of northwest Siberia, Russia. A giant 165ft deep crater was discovered by accident after a huge explosion in the frozen Arctic tundra. At least two new giant craters formed on Russia's Yamal Peninsula this year, with the latest one observed exploding on June 28, 2017, north of the Yamal region, above the Arctic Circle. The well-preserved remains of Lyuba, a 37,000-year-old mammoth calf, were found by a reindeer herder on the peninsula in the summer of 2007. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. 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