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'Gateway to the Underworld' May Be Something Worse
Newser ^ | Luke Roney

Posted on 06/29/2016 8:51:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway

As weather warms, craters grow, scientists say

A gaping—and growing—hole in the middle of a Siberian forest isn't the gateway to the underworld, as some frightened locals believe. It may be worse. The Batagaika crater, the biggest megaslump on Earth, may be be a "harbinger" of our warming planet, as Motherboard puts it. The crater, located in one of the planet's coldest places, appeared about 25 years ago, and geologist Julian Murton of the University of Sussex tells the Independent that it was likely born after locals cut down a swath of forest that sat above the permafrost. "Cutting down of vegetation ... removes some of the insulation that keeps the ground cool," he explains, and that allows the summer's heat to reach deeper levels of earth. As exposed ice layers melt, the earth becomes loose and literally slumps.

The chasm has grown to be a mile long and some 400 feet deep, and it continues to grow at a rate of more than 60 feet per year. More worrisome, the melting permafrost releases large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane, which had previously been locked in the soil. This triggers a "climate feedback loop," explains MNN: A warming planet's impact on the permafrost puts methane in the air, which promotes further warming, and the cycle is "difficult to stop," per the site. And were the entire permafrost to melt, the Independent reports "it would likely tip the planet into an extreme scenario the full horror of which is hard to describe." As such, MNN reports that researchers view megaslumps as a threat to the planet's health, "an omen, a symptom, of a larger underlying disease." (Read how the "Gates of Hell" emerged in a Soviet desert.)


TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: batagaikacrater; megaslump; siberia
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1 posted on 06/29/2016 8:51:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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I think I’d believe gateway to the underworld before I’d believe global warming.


2 posted on 06/29/2016 8:53:58 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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That looks like the perfect location for the Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library.


3 posted on 06/29/2016 8:54:01 PM PDT by bigbob
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Mel! mel! mel! mel!...


4 posted on 06/29/2016 8:54:13 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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Looks like Al Gore’s mouth.

it continues to grow at a rate of more than 60 feet per year.....

I think i’ll be dead by the time it reaches here.


5 posted on 06/29/2016 8:55:40 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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It’s a new tunnel to get from Staten Island to Bayonne.


6 posted on 06/29/2016 8:59:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was right!



7 posted on 06/29/2016 9:07:07 PM PDT by Bratch
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The geologist said it came when locals cut down trees and the permafrost melted. One small problem, if it was permafrost then no trees could grow there because the ground would be frozen year round. If the permafrost was in a deeper strata then it is possible this area was once a Taiga type Forrest.


8 posted on 06/29/2016 9:14:29 PM PDT by LukeL
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I think it’s his other end.


9 posted on 06/29/2016 9:15:12 PM PDT by beethovenfan (Islam is a cancer on civilization.)
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Kate beckinsale?


10 posted on 06/29/2016 9:16:31 PM PDT by George Washington Axe
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ROFL!!!


11 posted on 06/29/2016 9:18:12 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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While I believe globull warm g is hogwash; many Alaskans do this before building a home or building in an area. Cut the trees, let the permafrost below melt for a few years and the group d settle, then dig, compact, build.


12 posted on 06/29/2016 9:22:07 PM PDT by vpintheak (Freedom is not equality; and equality is not freedom!)
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Heeeeelp!

There’s a hole in the ground!!!


13 posted on 06/29/2016 9:34:53 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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+1


14 posted on 06/29/2016 9:41:34 PM PDT by steel_resolve (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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“Clean fill wanted”


15 posted on 06/30/2016 12:14:29 AM PDT by onona (Honey this isn't Kindergarten. We are in an all out war for the survival of our Country !)
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Nuke it.


16 posted on 06/30/2016 3:19:15 AM PDT by Daniel Ramsey
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Why does it look like it blew out rather than slumped in? What’s with the ejecta around the edge that’s higher than the surrounding turf? I never see this moon crater effect in the zillion sinkholes around Florida.


17 posted on 06/30/2016 3:27:58 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (If Trump loses, America dies)
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so WHY isn't the whole area sinking then instead of a round hole???
18 posted on 06/30/2016 5:02:07 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -w- NO Pity for the LAZY - Luke, 22:36)
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gateway to the underworld
OBAMA’S RECTUM more likely


19 posted on 06/30/2016 5:08:28 AM PDT by zzwhale
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Freaking warming alarmists.

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.


20 posted on 06/30/2016 5:20:09 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (The Confederate Flag is the new "N" word.)
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