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A mysterious giant hole spotted in northern Siberia has sparked an urgent expedition.


Aerial images posted on YouTube indicate a hole up to 80m wide in Yamal, a peninsula jutting into Arctic waters whose

name translates as "the end of the world".


The hole was discovered by a helicopter crew working for an oil company in the gas-rich region, The Siberian Times reports.


A scientific expedition organised by the Yamal authorities will leave tomorrow to investigate. The team includes experts from

Russia's Centre for the Study of the Arctic, the Cryosphere Institute of the Academy of Sciences and Russia's Emergencies Ministry.


The cause of the hole's sudden appearance is not yet known.


Experts said that the darkening around the inner rim of the crater indicated "severe burning" that scorched its edges.





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