More mysterious holes are appearing in Siberia — and scientists are freaked out

By Lindsay Abrams

Back in the days when the world’s attention wasn’t entirely transfixed by the color of a dress, there was another mystery afoot, of a grander and, some would say, more frightening scale. It was July of 2014, and a 250-foot crater had appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, in Siberia’s Yamal peninsula.

Scientists were immediately dispatched to investigate, and soon arrived at a likely explanation: the hole, they reported, is most likely a natural (read: not-so-mysterious) geological phenomenon. “There is no weird or unexplained feelings there,” scientist Andrei Plekhanov assured the Siberian Times. “We came back safe and sound.”


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