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monster 07-29-2020 03:42 PM

July 29th, 2020: Gateway to The Underworld
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In Siberia, the Batagaika Crater is a 1km long, 50m deep gash in the earth -a "megaslump"- and it is getting bigger. At the very bottom of the exposed outcrop, the permafrost dates back 650,000 years. Scientists say the megaslump was caused by deforestation and mineral exploration and the thawing of the permafrost is making it worse. It releases carbon monoxide and methane, accelerating climate change.

This picture is from ScienceAlert but the original story I saw was from BBC Reel

Flint 07-29-2020 04:30 PM

jfc when u said "crater" I was hoping it was caused by an astronomical event :(

monster 07-29-2020 08:20 PM

I had a similar disappointment in reverse -when I was looking for the exciting name they called this phenomenon, the options were megaslump and crater

xoxoxoBruce 08-01-2020 01:01 PM

This is the biggest one, a bunch of others have appeared in that region recently.

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