More and bigger sinkholes on Yamal tundra

Сентябрь 2, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlog

The biggest hole is now more than 60 meters wide and 200 meter deep.

Photo: A Khomutova, ikz.ru

The formations believed to be created by eruption of natural gas from the ground are of growing concern both to researchers and the oil and gas industry in the far Arctic peninsulas of Yamal and Gydan.

One of the biggest formations is located only about four kilometers from a gas pipeline leading from the huge Bovanenkovo field, a project operated by Gazprom. This formation is now growing and has reached a diameter of more than 60 meter and a depth of about 200 meters.

The first sinkholes were discovered in 2014 and since then at least ten big-size holes have been mapped. In addition, there are indications that several more major holes are in the making. Researchers told RIA Novosti that they on the two Arctic peninsulas have discovered several small hills which they believe could be «gas bubbles» ready to burst.

According to researchers at the Institute of Earth Cryosphere in Tyumen, there is methane gas seeping out from the formations.

By Atle Staalesen

Source: The Barents Observer

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