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Exploration of Siberia's mystery craters urged by researchers via @michaeldestries

The number of mystery craters appearing in Siberia is growing, prompting a call for investigations over how and why the phenomenon is occurring. "I would compare this with mushrooms: when you find one mushroom, be sure there are few more around," professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told the Siberian Times . "I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more." International interest in the craters has grown since the discovery last summer of a massive sinkhole on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia, commonly referred to as the "end of the world." Researchers speculate that the craters may be caused by gas explosions, as residents near one of the new craters said they saw a flash before its appearance. With new satellite photos of the region showing more evidence of the phenomenon, curiosity has given way to concern. "Ye...

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