Mystery Crater Likely Methane Blast from Thawing Permafrost

260 Ft Wide Crater In Northern Siberia Portent of Melting Permafrost

Methane BlastProbably not an alien spacecraft or meteorite

A mysterious hole about 260 feet in diameter has been discovered in northern Siberia, an area known even in Siberia as “the end of the world.” Although the giant ragged whole is in the same region as the still mysterious Irkutsk fireball and crater from 100 years ago, the origins of this crater are both less enigmatic and more terrifying in the long term. The crater differs from a meteorite crater in that it is far deeper – in fact, researchers still don’t know how deep it is.

However, the crater shape is most definitely consistent with a blast originating underground, such as one might expect from a sudden natural gas (methane) release and explosion. The area is rich in methane deposits. The location of the crater is so remote that there is very little danger of anyone getting blown up by a random methane blast, but that isn’t the scary part. As we have reported previously, the latest findings in the Arctic are that the permafrost is melting due to global warming. That is allowing potentially trillions of cubit feet of methane gas trapped for millions of years to release into the atmosphere. Researchers are already having fun light escaping gas from Arctic ponds as the land thaws. Methane is several orders of magnitude more powerful as a greenhouse gas than CO2, which will cause another positive climate feedback loop in terms of escalating temperatures.

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Methane Creating Feedback loop

That feedback loop is similar to the one caused by massive northern ice pack melt, exposing more black sea water to the sun’s rays. Rather than reflecting the heat energy back into space, the black water is absorbing it. That’s why the oceans are heating so quickly and rising so rapidly.

Do the math.

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