Massive crater at 'end of the world' could be due to weather

  • Updated: July 26, 2014 - 3:00 PM
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This frame grab made Wednesday, July 16, 2014, shows a crater, discovered recently in the Yamal Peninsula, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Russian scientists said Thursday July 17, 2014 that they believe a 60-meter wide crater, discovered recently in far northern Siberia, could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, traveled on Wednesday to the crater. Plekhanov said 80 percent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and that there were no traces of an explosion, eliminating the possibility that a meteorite had struck the region. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television)

Russian scientists say they believe a nearly 200-foot-wide crater discovered in northern Siberia — in a place known as the “end of the world” — could be the result of changing temperatures. Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, said the crater was most likely the result of a “buildup of excessive pressure” underground because of rising temperatures. Plekhanov traveled to the crater, 18.64 miles from the Bovanenkovo gas field in Yamal Peninsula. He said 80 percent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and there were no traces of an explosion, eliminating the possibility that a meteorite had hit. AP

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