Climate change unfreezes 200,000-year-old ‘doorway to hell’
Siberia’s enormous “hellmouth” crater in the melting permafrost is growing fast — and it’s opening a portal to a 200,000-year-old world.
The Batgaika crater, known to the local Yakutian people as the “doorway to the underworld,” is one of the largest of a growing number of pits collapsing across the Siberian landscape as the ice beneath the surface turns to slush — and methane gas.
But this crater in particular offers some form of a silver lining.
It’s revealing eons of climate change in the region, along with long-buried animal carcasses and petrified forests.