The Russian news agency declared that another 164-foot crater burst open in a desolate region of the Siberian tundra, Russia. According to the journalists from the publication spotted the crater during an assignment on the Yamal Peninsula in July and they have released their footage this week.
According to The Siberian Times, this is the 17th such feature, called a hydrolaccolith, that scientists have found across the thawing Siberian tundra since the first one was discovered in 2014. They believe pockets of methane gases trapped beneath Earth’s surface bulge and eventually explode as carbon-rich permafrost in the region begin to melt, releasing trapped gases that can be very harmful to the environment.
Sudden Climatic Changes & Melting Glaziers
According to National Geographic, it’s been a hot summer in Siberia. The small town of Verkhoyansk, Russia, which lies north of the Arctic Circle, recorded its highest-ever temperature, 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
And the scientists suspect that thawing permafrost caused a Siberian diesel storage tank to collapse and dump over 20,000 tons of fuel into local rivers. As permafrost continues to melt, it could destabilize infrastructure—buildings, roads, and, critically, oil pipelines—across the Arctic.
The Raising of the Global Warming
In this case, the residents who live along the Arctic tundra aren’t the only ones who should be concerned. Because releasing Methane into the atmosphere can also have global impacts.
Through these, the colorless, odorless and highly flammable and the most potent greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Literally, they can be at least thirty times stronger than Carbon Dioxide. So as more of the gas is released into the atmosphere, its effects could serve to accelerate warming and may even spur a perilous feedback loop.
Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a researcher with the Russian Oil and Gas Research Institute in Moscow, told that his team plans to investigate the structure deeply and submit its finding to an academic journal.