Despite the claims of some of its evangelists, science is not really a clear system. ‘According to science’ is a fairly weak argument,especially with concern to the hole in the earth, when ‘science’ is not, in fact, a monolith and there are several different fields.

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There are also several different opinions within many of the scientific fields, particularly the more ‘theoretical’ ones. There is a joke, of sorts, about how the only way to get three farmers to agree is to kill two.

Theory over solid proof

Something similar could be said with regard to theoretical physicists. No one seems to know whether the theoretical ‘strings’ exist or not.

The question of time travel is still up in the air (just because we do not know of anyone who has come back does not mean they have not),even hallow earth theory is technically plausible. Not the bit about there being Nazi lizard-people living down there. That is still crazy as a soup sandwich.

More of liquified earth core than solid

But the notion that the earth may not be solid all the way down to the core is in no way impossible. Not bloody likely, but not impossible.

For all the cheerleading from outside sources, most scientists actually working in the fields will be the first to tell you it is inexact and there is very little they actually know for sure.

(WHAT IF ROBOTS TAKE OVER THE EARTH)

A lesson that was hard learned for a mode of inquiry that at various points in its history, denied the existence of both meteorites and the giant panda bear, completely failed (and still does) to come up with a cure for the common cold and miscounted the planets in our solar system. It turns out that the number is closer to 11 and does not include poor little Pluto.

This somewhat checkered and, I am sure fairly embarrassing history, is part of the reason why many have been a bit more careful and considered instating their theories as to what is causing the hole in the earth discovered in 2014 in Serbia.

Like a hole in the earth

hole in the earth

(Maybe humans should consider this nearby planet that closely resembles the earth)

Or, more accurately, craters. 250 feet wide craters if we want to split hairs. Four of them that have been found so far for in the region of northern Russia no sane person would voluntarily leave, traditionally known as the Yamal Peninsula. Russian scientist Vasily Bogoyavlensky, said: “I would compare this with mushrooms. When you find one mushroom, be sure there are a few more around. I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more.”

Theories and speculations 

As with any sudden, strange and/or potentially planet threatening occurrence, there are several brainy types trying to suss out exactly what is going on out there in Siberia’s hole in the earth.

These included a scenario involving an explosive build up of methane gas. While flashy and exciting, this nature’s revenge idea is  not likely for a number if scientific reasons.

What is far more likely is that the craters are an effect of mounds of earth covered ice, popularly, and adorably, known as ‘pingos’. More specifically, it is what happens when a pingo melts quickly, basically falling in on itself.

 

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Trevor McNeil spent much of his childhood playing video-games on early-form personal computers back when the disks were literally floppy. He attended the University of Victoria, completing a degree in Social Science with a concentration in Technology In Society, while also writing for the campus newspaper. He has written articles for such diverse publications as Humanity Death Watch, PopMatters and Perfect Sound Forever. He is a veteran of numerous “watershed moments” in the history of technological development and firmly believes that Han shot first.