February 26, 2015 1:54 pm

20 more mysterious craters appear in Siberia

A view of a large crater on the Yamal Peninsula which appeared about two weeks ago. A second crater has since formed.

ITAR-TASS/ Press service of the governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
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TORONTO – There is a mystery afoot at the “end of the world.”

In September 2013, residents living in the Yamal Penninsula, a remote region in Siberia with the desolate moniker, found a crater that was 30 metres wide and 70 metres deep. In July 2014, two more were found. And now, Russian sources are reporting that dozens more have been found.

Scientists found 20 more “baby craters” using satellite imagery. They were located around one of the larger craters discovered earlier. The large crater has since become a lake.

READ MORE: Raw video of Siberian crater found in July 2014

According to a Moscow scientist who spoke with The Siberian Times, the discovery of so many more holes is a cause for concern and should be investigated urgently.

Some scientists have theorized that the holes are formed due to a release of gas hydrates. The cause, they believe, is due to two conditions: unusually warm weather heating the surface and heat along geological fault lines that build up.

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