Skip to comments.A volcano or a meteor impact: What created this large mysterious Siberian crater?
Posted on 08/06/2013 9:52:41 AM PDT by Errant
August 5, 2013 SIBERIA - Having an official task to draw up a geological map of the region, a young geologist ended up running into something so unique, outstanding and mysterious that it would still puzzle scientists more than six decades later the Patomskiy Crater. A host of theories have been put forward in the intervening years: that the crater was created by an ancient civilization, or by prisoners at a top secret Stalin labor camp, or by volcanic activity, or by a meteorite, or by an underground hydrogen explosion, or by a UFO. And even more tantalizing: by two UFOs. Stories have been handed down by native people who knew about the cursed crater long before Kolpakov revealed it to the outside world. Among these accounts, were warnings that this Devils Place was dangerous to humans. Questions remain unanswered about a phenomenon that has been called The Most Mysterious Place in Russia. For example, why dont trees grow on the side of the cone-like structure? Radiation levels are low now, but there is evidence they were once very high: why? In August 1949, when Kolpakov reached the very north of Irkutsk region, local Yakut people told him a story about an evil place, hidden in the woods. They called it the Fire Eagle Nest, and according to them even the deer didnt dare to go close to it. Locals told a lot of legends about it, warning people would suddenly start feeling unwell or even disappear, some to be found dead later, some never to be found. As recently as 2005, indeed, the head of a mission to the crater died suddenly within several kilometers of it.
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Regardless, it’s very beautiful country.
From the picture, it appears there are trees growing on it, counter to the accompanying story.
Looks like a volcanic crater/cone to me.
The underground mole people are coming out for their once every 10,000 year appearance on the surface
we are all doomed
DOOMED! I TELL YOU!
Yes it is! Looks a lot like a Colorado mountain pasture.
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords
The story is written to make it appear more mysterious than it really is. Some samples could tell you whether it was volcanic or meteoric.
Tesla and his toys.
Looks too small, no evidence of other flows to be volcanic?
Nope..the Reagan tax cuts.
It's the worms.
But some nitwit typed wArming instead of wOrming, and instead of getting rid of the critters eating the planet, we get Algore and his minions trying to turn off the lights!
Its made of limestone which rules out volcanic and meteor. It appears to be little understood but one theory is that its rock pushed up by underground gas.
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