A bizarre series of craters baffled scientists when they began appearing in Siberia earlier this year, but now researchers say that the strange holes may help to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
Three giant holes were uncovered earlier this year on Siberia's Yamal and Taymyr Peninsulas, leading to speculation that meteorite impacts, stray missiles, or even a calculated hoax could be responsible for their existence. Now, the journal Science in Siberia has linked the strange holes to the Bermuda Triangle, an area of ocean between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico in which ships and airplanes have notoriously vanished without a trace, as The Inquisitr has previously noted.
According to The Siberian Times, Science in Siberia called the craters a "distant relative" of the Bermuda Triangle. After examining the holes in detail, scientists from the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum-Gas Geology and Geophysics believe that heating from a fault line below, along with higher-than-normal temperatures above ground, triggered the release of gas hydrates trapped in the permafrost. A warmer-than-usual summer was also cited as a factor by researchers, leading to the underground gas explosions, the Daily Mail notes.
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"There is a version that the Bermuda Triangle is a consequence of gas hydrates reactions," noted Igor Yeltsov, the institute's deputy head. "They start to actively decompose with methane ice turning into gas; it happens in an avalanche-like way, like a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas. That makes ocean to heat up and ships sink in its waters mixed with a huge proportion of gas. The same leads to the air to get supersaturated with methane, which makes the atmosphere extremely turbulent and lead to aircrafts crashes."
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Scientists were not allowed to descend into the crater for safety reasons, although they examined the magnetic and radiation backgrounds of the area, finding no abnormalities. The team examined the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous crater, which is located just 19 miles from one of Siberia's active gas fields.
Despite the reports of mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, the NOAA asserts that the frequency with which ships and airplanes are lost near Bermuda is no different than anywhere else in the world.
"There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean," The NOAA website states.
The agency also notes that gas eruptions have been hypothesized as a cause of the Bermuda Triangle mystery, just as they are believed responsible for the strange Siberian holes.