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#61
I was doing the opposite: found one with the most idiotic title... near Earth’s core.
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#62
A hole to the Underworld has opened in Siberia: Video: Team reaches the giant Siberian hole at 'the end of the world'.

Obviously this is a 'blow-out' of some sort.









All the perpendicular scrape marks are quite interesting.

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#63
What is most interesting is the lack of expelled earth around the crater, or lava rock, or anything else identifiable.

Occam's razor says a Transformer crawled out of the depths of the Earth, leaving the hole behind. Explains the scratch marks and lack of tephra and pyroclasts.
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#64
I'm kinda in agreement that "Pingo" seems to be the culprit:

...and Pingo was its name-o..."
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!
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#65
(07-19-2014, 04:59 PM)JohnWho Wrote: I'm kinda in agreement that "Pingo" seems to be the culprit:

...and Pingo was its name-o..."

You know what? I had pretty much come to a close parallel in my thinking about what happened, even before seeing this article just now. I had concluded that the hole was there well before present day events. But ice would have had to have covered the opening, allowing for another layer of ground cover to completely camouflage things. .

Where this 'Pingo' concept and my original thinking differed was in the cause for the top being blown off. I suspect it was really more than ground water pressure. I suspect it to be more like escaping methane gas, trying to escape from within the planet. Eventually the gas pressure simply caused the top to blow off, and the gas escape.

If I recall correctly, this entire area is ripe with natural gas production.

One can easily see where much of the top was peeled back and is lining the edges of the hole. The rest would have collapsed into the hole. However, I suspect this hole has been there for thousands of years performing the very same function in the past for who knows how long.
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#66
(07-19-2014, 07:59 PM)John L Wrote:
(07-19-2014, 04:59 PM)JohnWho Wrote: I'm kinda in agreement that "Pingo" seems to be the culprit:

...and Pingo was its name-o..."

You know what? I had pretty much come to a close parallel in my thinking about what happened, even before seeing this article just now. I had concluded that the hole was there well before present day events. But ice would have had to have covered the opening, allowing for another layer of ground cover to completely camouflage things. .

Where this 'Pingo' concept and my original thinking differed was in the cause for the top being blown off. I suspect it was really more than ground water pressure. I suspect it to be more like escaping methane gas, trying to escape from within the planet. Eventually the gas pressure simply caused the top to blow off, and the gas escape.

If I recall correctly, this entire area is ripe with natural gas production.

One can easily see where much of the top was peeled back and is lining the edges of the hole. The rest would have collapsed into the hole. However, I suspect this hole has been there for thousands of years performing the very same function in the past for who knows how long.

Looks like there are lots of old 'pingo' sinkholes in the area.
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#67
Well folks, looks like one more geological mystery has been finally solved: 'Wandering stones' of Death Valley explained.

Check out the video, and watch the stone in the center of the picture move off to the right, through time lapse photography.

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#68
All those tons of water that keep entering our atmosphere each day, have to go somewhere, right? S5

Huge Quantities of Earth's Oldest water found beneath Canada contains more than all of the world's rivers, swamps and lakes put together

But finding huge underground reservoirs is not something new. Huge 'Ocean' Discovered Inside Earth. Obviously space contains so much water floating around that it shows up everywhere.
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#69
JL Wrote:A hole to the Underworld has opened in Siberia: Video: Team reaches the giant Siberian hole at 'the end of the world'.

Obviously this is a 'blow-out' of some sort.
According to the video comments, there is no "mystic" about that [sic], it's only mechanical effect. They said the crater was formed by an explosion (gas and/or steam). It doesn't go to the earth's center or to the other face of the World as in The Lord of the Ring, but only 60 meters deep. Still, it's spectacular and they never saw something like that despite every mysteries that have been seen in Siberia.

IMO a chamber formed underground and some methan or heated compressed water created a small explosion followed by an implosion of the above ground. Hence the little quantity of debris around the crater.


John could you find that video about moving stones? I didn't find it...
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#70
(12-21-2014, 05:43 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: John could you find that video about moving stones? I didn't find it...

Fred, somehow I missed your request about the video. Here is a separate Youtube video that answers the old mystery.



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#71
And while this is not so mysterious as the moving stones, it is also very interesting.

Oregon's Mysterious 'Disappearing Lake' Explained

Here's more on the unusual natural event.





The video version at this site is even better.
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#72
This is for all those folks in Texas, who are undergoing another bad year of flooding.

Homecoming Queen Killed After Being Swept Away In Texas Floodwaters Coming Home From Prom

Texas flash floods cause death and destruction - in pictures







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#73
Super Volcano Toba is beginning to act up: 6/09/2015 — MOUNT SINABUNG ERUPTS — LAKE TOBA SUPERVOLCANO NOW STEAMING +EMITTING FOUL ODORS OF GAS.

Quote:Toba supervolcano is indeed a “super-volcano” by all measurements. Actually LARGER in eruptive power to the other more well known “Yellowstone” super volcano (located in Wyoming / United States).

Worthy to note, the Toba caldera produced the worlds largest eruption in the past 2 million years, and has not showed eruptive signs in over 75,000 years.

Toba is the Grandaddy of Super Volcanoes, eclipsing even Yellowstone. And it is the cause of mass extinctions at the time. It also nearly killed off all humans. It is estimated, judging from the DNA bottleneck, that as few as 5,000 humans were all that survived the super eruption.

Here's another link that has some very good videos: Indonesia’s Lake Toba Supervolcano Threatens Global Volcanic Winter: Eruption Caused Mass Extinction 75, 000 Years Ago



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#74
Now, here's something that drones are perfectly made for. S5



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#75
John,

I was waiting for a conference room to open up before a meeting this week and got time to study a very large (wall sized) poster at work. It was a global map of seismic and volcanic events by magnitude. I'll try to get a reference. I don't think I have a camera with enough definition to come close to making it usable information. But my main impression was the striking lack of vulnerability of the U.S. vs the rest of the world ... obviously and more striking ... Asia ... but also major portions of Russia, the ME, and much of the area of Europe along the Northern Mediterranean.
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
-- Henry Mencken
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#76
(08-14-2015, 09:18 PM)mr_yak Wrote: John,

I was waiting for a conference room to open up before a meeting this week and got time to study a very large (wall sized) poster at work. It was a global map of seismic and volcanic events by magnitude. I'll try to get a reference. I don't think I have a camera with enough definition to come close to making it usable information. But my main impression was the striking lack of vulnerability of the U.S. vs the rest of the world ... obviously and more striking ... Asia ... but also major portions of Russia, the ME, and much of the area of Europe along the Northern Mediterranean.

Jack, are you saying that we are not really vulnerable? It that's what you are saying, then there is the Super-volcano, Yellowstone, which would ruin more than everyone's weekend. And then there is the big one overdue, that I posted on a few weeks back. Its the one in the ocean, just off the northwest coast. It has the potential to make the San Andreas Fault look like child's play. And everyone is hyperventilating about that one.

I'll go one though and say that the Atlantic Coast is definitely less dangerous than the Pacific Coast. But then there is always the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands. If the west face was to slide into the ocean, it would create one huge tsunami, that would bugger up the Atlantic coast.
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#77
(08-14-2015, 10:12 PM)John L Wrote: Jack, are you saying that we are not really vulnerable? It that's what you are saying, then there is the Super-volcano, Yellowstone, which would ruin more than everyone's weekend. And then there is the big one overdue, that I posted on a few weeks back. Its the one in the ocean, just off the northwest coast. It has the potential to make the San Andreas Fault look like child's play. And everyone is hyperventilating about that one.

I'll go one though and say that the Atlantic Coast is definitely less dangerous than the Pacific Coast. But then there is always the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands. If the west face was to slide into the ocean, it would create one huge tsunami, that would bugger up the Atlantic coast.

I'm saying that if you look at the incidences of large magnitude events ... seismic were small black dots to large black rings ... Volcanoes were red dots and circles ... over the last century or two, the dots and rings are much thicker 'elsewhere' in the world. They call it the "ring of fire" ... but the South Asian portion 'looks' a heck of a lot more fiery. And stuff moves around. The Yellowstone caldera is NOT the same caldera it was the last time it exploded so violently. Of course we are vulnerable. Everybody is vulnerable, I'm just saying that the incidents are less conspicuous (at least graphically) here and you could draw the conclusion that they may be less likely. I'll try to look at the legend and see if this map is available in something I can link. If you looked at this chart and had to make a guess ... you'd choose the area around Indonesia ... but there are some very, very active looking areas in the ME, Russia and Mediterranean Europe. California obviously looks awful ... so does the area around the Aleutians ... but not nearly as bad as those other areas.
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
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#78
Let's see if we can find that map somewhere. You have my interest peaked.
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#79
How about the Tesla trick of bouncing energy waves through the Earth to cause earthquakes and such? The Colorado experiments were quite successful at proving the weapon-like effects. Russia ran with it and may have a better grasp than we do.
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#80
Most of the seismic maps on the internet are not large enough to save and expand for minute observation. I must have looked through close to one hundred maps, and am still looking. But I do like this map, which shows recent events. Unfortunately, its not very large.

What I find most interesting are the huge number of eruptions that are undersea and north, and north west of New Zealand. Something tells me that this place, and many undiscovered other ones, are the main cause of all this el Nino activity that is going on. The amount of heat being radiated outward from the mantel must be staggering.

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Oh, one other thing. Have any of you ever spent time studying the Great Rift of Africa? In fact there have been several science programs devoted to that. The Great Rift Valley is in the process of splitting apart. In a very short time, geological wise, that portion of Africa is going to split away from the rest of the continent.

What is interesting is that the Great Rift, is smaller than the huge rift running up and down the Atlantic Ocean, which splits the continents. the seismic activity there is much less violent, as the forces split things apart. Its where the plates slide under each other that the overwhelming majority of violent events occur. Hence the Ring Of Fire.



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