Shepherds Discovered This Mysterious Crater in Remote Siberia – And Scientists Are Gobsmacked

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Image: Vladimir Pushkarev, The Siberian Times via National Geographic
Image: Vladimir Pushkarev, The Siberian Times via National Geographic

In the wilds of Siberia, a group of reindeer herders guide their animals across the bleak terrain. Suddenly, a vast hole appears in the ground beneath their feet. The men must rely on their strength, and a large slice of luck, to prevent themselves from tumbling down into the depths below.

Image: VASILY BOGOYAVLENSKY/AFP/Getty Imagess
Image: VASILY BOGOYAVLENSKY/AFP/Getty Images

It’s not the first time that a mysterious crater has appeared in the region without warning. Incredibly, these herders have stumbled on the third such hole to emerge in recent years – and scientists are baffled.

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Image: Vasily Bogoyavlensky via The Siberian Times
Image: Vasily Bogoyavlensky via The Siberian Times

Their attention was first drawn to Siberia, the remote Russian state that covers most of northern Asia, in July 2014. A helicopter pilot flying near the Bovanenkovo gas field on the Yamal Peninsula had spotted something unusual down below.

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