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Giant craters on the Yamal Peninsula turned into a lakes- VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015 12:53
Giant crater in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District is completely flooded with water. Scientists do not plan to make them longer expeditions, the director of the Russian Center of Arctic exploration, Vladimir Pushkarev. "The giant funnel completely flooded with water. They are now reminiscent of the lake. From August 30 to September 7, we held the eighth expedition, the group of scientists includes geophysics, kriosverschiki who took soil samples near the craters. The scientists also overflew the area around. Most of expeditions to the" black holes "Yamal is not planned, it is not necessary", - he said. According to Pushkarev, now scientists concentrate all their attention on the study of the samples obtained in the laboratory. "The main task - to understand the process of formation of craters and possibly learn how to predict them," - said Pushkarev. Huge craters were discovered on the Yamal Peninsula in the past year. The diameter of one of them on the inner edge is about 40 meters on the outside - 60 m, depth - not less than 200 meters. It has been suggested that the anomaly arose after the fall of the meteorite, but they were then rejected. Chairman of the Presidium of the Tyumen scientific community SB RAS Academician Vladimir Melnikov of a study group of Russian scientists funnel earlier told Tass that the crater was formed in 2013 as a result of climate change. "In Yamal began to thaw frozen rock. In some places they have become less dense, and they found a way through shale gas, which is found throughout the shelf Subarctic. Presumably, this was the cause of the crater," - said the academician.