Siberia’s Mysterious Patomskiy Crater Baffles Scientists
It looks like it might an extinct volcano, or possibly the site of a meteor impact. But the Patomskiy Crater in Siberia is neither and 70 years on from its discovery scientists are no closer to figuring out what it is.
In 1949 the Russian geologist Vadim Kolpakov was exploring one of the remotest and least known parts of Siberia. When you start talking about remote and least known in the context of Siberia, you really are in the middle of nowhere.
Don’t Go Near Fire Eagle Nest
During his expedition Kolpakov eventually made contact with members of the local Yakut tribe living in this sparsely populated part of eastern Siberia. He was warned by tribal elders that he was heading towards an evil place which they call “Fire Eagle Nest”. They strongly advised him not to proceed as the area was avoided by animals and “bad things” happened to people who went there. Some, they said, were never seen or heard from again.
This may well have put some people off, but expeditionary geologists have to be a tough and resourceful bunch and Kolpakov went off deeper into the forest. When he came across Fire Eagle Nest, even this hardened explorer was shocked and baffled by what he saw. What looked like a volcano dome rose the hight of a twenty-five story building from the floor of the forest, towering over the trees around.
The tribespeople were correct about the birds and animals, Kolpakov and his apparently team saw none at all on the dome during the time they were there. They did feel an unnatural heat coming from the ground, but they knew it was not a volcanically active area and there was no sign of volcanic activity.
Kolpakov estimated the dome to be around 250 years old, so very recent in geological terms. This was later confirmed from a much later study of the trees around the foot of the dome. Interestingly the trees exhibited strange, accelerated growth patterns of a kind seen around Chernobyl.
Having demonstrated that it is not a volcano, the other obvious option is that it is the site of a meteor impact. The problem with this theory is that energy from an impact of this size would have generated so much heat it would have caused rock to liquify. There is no sign of melted rock either.
Patomskiy Crater of Alien Origin?
So what does that leave scientists with? Nothing at all. Various geological explanations continue to be put forward for Patomskiy Crater, but so far none of them hold up to scrutiny.
The only explanations which havn’t been conclusively debunked seem to be extra-terrestrial. Modelling by scientists shows that the fall of a cylindrical object of a super-dense, but as yet unknown, material could produce a similar crater, as could two smaller equally dense object landing one after the other. Some suspect that what looks like radiation induced tree growth could have been caused by a radioactive source within alien spacecraft buried under the Patomskiy Crater dome. This does have the benefit of meeting all the available evidence, no matter how unlikely it may seem.
So is it the hiding place of an alien spacecraft? The logistical and technical difficulties, not to mention the cost of mounting an expedition to dig down and explore under the crater, are astronomical. But for the chance of gaining access to alien technology, you’d think it a worthwhile investment surely?
Unless, of course, you already have it…