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Siberia Craters: More Holes Deepen Mystery as Scientists Seek Answers

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This frame grab shows a crater, discovered in the Yamal Peninsula, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 08:01 PM

Satellite images have revealed more craters in Siberia and a prominent Russian scientist is calling for an urgent investigation of the mysterious formations.

The newest finding shows a huge hole, referred to as B2, surrounded by about 20 smaller craters, The Siberian Times reported. Three large craters were seen in Siberia last year, with scientists speculating they may have been formed by the release of gasses.

“I would compare this with mushrooms: When you find one mushroom, be sure there are few more around,” Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky of Moscow said, according to the Times. “I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more.”

He is concerned about safety in the areas where the craters have been found on the Yamal peninsula, in the Yamal Autonomous district and north of the Krasnoyarsk region.

“These objects need to be studied, but it is rather dangerous for the researchers,” Bogoyavlensky said, according to the Times. “We know that there can occur a series of gas emissions over an extended period of time, but we do not know exactly when they might happen.”

B2 is near one of Russia's largest gas fields, Discovery News reported. Some researchers fear that craters will become more common because of climate change and could pose a risk to oil and gas operations in the area.

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