1800 miles East of Moscow and right smack in the middle of a 400 mile wide area of permafrost, lies a hole of mega proportions. This hole is in an area that has been home to many archeological discoveries, including several wooly mammoths. It also sits in an oil and gas rich portion of Russia.
It was at first thought that a meteor caused this huge gouge in the in earth. However, now the latest theory is that a natural explosion of some sort knocked loose a lot of ice, resulting in this peek into the deep earth. There is also a 2 ½ foot layer of permafrost reportedly discovered around the edge of the hole. This is a mystery given the amount of heat that would be generated by an explosion strong enough to create that size of a crater. This means that the hole could have been there for many months if not years.
Here is some video of the hole. Looks deep!
The hole reportedly has an outer diameter of around 200 feet and an inner diameter of around 130 feet. The depth is unconfirmed but rumored to be over 262 feet. Stay tuned.