Scientists left baffled again after two new massive holes appear in Siberia. Watch the video…
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The one of the holes has a diameter of 49ft (15 metres) and is located in Yamal Peninsula in the Taz district.
The other one has a diameter of 13ft (4 metres), is in the Taymyr Peninsula in Kransoyark region.
Both are similar to the larger hole (around 230ft in diameter) found in Yamal 4 weeks ago.
One theory is that an ice-piece located underground created the hole when it melted.
Another is that was formed by a mixture of water, salt and gas igniting an explosion.
Andrei Plekhanov from Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, says “crater was formed due to rising temperatures.”
Sinkholes can appear for a variety of reasons, such as heavy rainfall, subsidence or due to mining.
Land which consists of soluble mineral rock are more susceptible to sinkholes as water gradually errodes the rock over thousands of years creating cavaties underneath the earth.
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