Another Enormous 'Hole' Discovered In Russia Bringing Count to 3 - Mystery Deepens

Scott Falkner

Another enormous hole has been discovered in Russia, bringing the total now to three. Just last Friday, a hole was discovered in the Siberian Peninsula of Yamal, as reported by The Inquisitr. The first hole was discovered over two weeks ago.

The third hole -- or crater -- is located in the Taymyr Peninsula, and was discovered by reindeer herders that almost fell into the gargantuan hole. The funnel is almost a perfectly formed cone, say researchers according to the Daily Mail. Its depth is estimated to be between 200 to 330 feet deep, and its diameter is more than 13 feet across.

The new hole is smaller in diameter than the first two, but is similar in shape. One expert, according to The Siberian Times, said:

"It is not like this is the work of men, but also does not look like natural formation."

Russian Hole Mystery

Dozens of theories as to the cause of the holes were expressed by scientists and the public at large after the initial appearance of the holes. Those theories ranged from meteorites, stray missiles, aliens, to an explosive cocktail of shale or methane gas.

The likely cause of the holes, however, is probably not so exciting. One researcher told The Siberian Times:

"The version about melting permafrost due to climate change, causing a release of methane gas, which then forces an eruption is the current favorite [theory]."

Dr. Andrey Plekhanov, senior researcher at the Russian Scientific Center of Arctic Research said:

"I want to stress that this was not an explosion but an ejection, so there was no heat released when it happened."