Mysterious Siberian Craters… Aliens? Or Science?

Last July, a mysterious crater appeared in Russia. It was explored in November. Extensive exploration has lead researchers to believe that the craters are a result of gas emissions. The gas is breaking through the soil after permafrost thawing, releasing tremendous amount of pressure, thus creating gigantic craters.

Satellite imagery has shown 4 large craters and dozens more smaller craters. Vasily Bogoyavlensky from the Russian Academy of Sciences stated, “We know now of seven craters in the Arctic area. Five are directly on the Yamal peninsula, one in Yamal Autonomous district, and one is on the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, near the Taimyr peninsula,”

The true cause of these craters is still not yet known. While gas emissions appears to be the most logical explanation, we have yet to understand what is really going on. Some might even go as far as to say it is experimentation by the government. Others might even theorize that this is evidence for aliens or other beings we have not yet conceived of. Considering a fairly symmetrical shape of this crater, photographed below, are we sure that some of those inconceivable theories are so crazy?

What do you think might be causing these craters? Is the sci-fi geek in you hoping for more than simple gas emissions? (I know I am secretly hoping that there is more to this than that.)

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