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Scientists Have Finally Taken A Look Inside One Of The Mysterious Siberian Holes

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The holes, on Russia's Yamal Pensinsula, captured attention after one was first spotted by an aircraft pilot in July, who took this pic:

The world went mad. Suspected causes ranged from meteorites to underground explosions to extra-terrestrial.

Now a team from the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration has climbed down to the bottom of the largest hole, about 16m, to stand on a frozen lake which itself is about another 10.5m deep.

The team had to brave winter temperatures of -11C, as the crater was a mudbath in summer with water pouring into it from the ground above.

Vladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, took a few amazing snaps of the expedition.

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