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.
Material forming the cone is reported to be ‘calcareous’ - perhaps limestone like - not volcanic. Of additional note is the very spherical ‘dome’ in the center of the crater - again most unusual for either an impact crater or a volcano. However, vegitation is growing on the sides of the crater, contrary to the report.
If you believe that the meteor is underground in the area, it may be the same phenomenon that causes the quarters to drift to the top of the coin jar when shaken, big rocks to rise to the top of a jar of pebbles, and stones in a farmer’s field to get pushed to the surface every spring.
As I saw it explained (on the internet, of course, where everything is true), the smaller coins, rocks, pebbles, etc. sift downwards because they fit into those smaller spaces more easily - the net result of which is to cause to larger coins, rocks, pebbles, etc. to rise to the top.
That looks like the start of a stratovolcano that never completely erupted.Well if it erupted it didn’t erupt long because it doesn’t appear very tall.
I lean toward a strike by something small and dense, breaking up the limestone as it penetrated. This makes for a better material to be pushed back out. High pressure gas seems to me, would find/create cracks and fissures to escape from?
Yeah, I saw vegetation taking root in some areas of the slope. The thing doesn’t look to be that old to me. In a hundred years are so, trees could take root.
Wiki says 300 to 350 years.
No way... Has to be much younger than that. If other trees are making it in the same area, a few decades is long enough for enough dust to settle in crevices that small trees can take root.
Looks like a bad Photoshop job to me.
Some more photos on it....
My thoery is that some sort of activity underground pushed it up into a cone shape then that “activity” went away and left a sinkhole that the center fell into evenly.
That was my question...mineral content please
I think its solid rock being broken and pushed up by some process. Kinda like a sold rock volcano.
The earth is an amazing place.
It is so hard to set a golf hole on a hillside.
I wouldn’t think so. It’s been there for awhile it seems, and that makes it a really strange formation for sure...
Is it too late to deny involvement?
You can’t blame this on me! I didn’t touch anything except this little button here. I know it says, Do not touch...but....
Looks something like a giant mud pot that bubbled up from below.
In agreement....however I would lean more towards some sort of glacial involvement.
If you look at the limestone shards they were broken by brute force not thermal action?
Panum Crater, Mono-Inyo craters is similar in form.
they got a really big groundhog problem
Yep, I’m with you on brute force. Ice could do the breaking, over time. That perfect roundness sure makes a random gas pressure venting or water pushing up the material seem rather miraculous. Just looks to me like something else had to create that channel/borehole. Maybe it’s something that had a number of stages/processes leading to this?
Yeah, but then this thing appears to be all by itself, as what ever caused it is a rare event for that area.
Gigantic doodle bug mound ... do not, I repeat do not yodel near this mound.
?man-made climate change¿