After looking for game in Bighorn Mountains, a group of local hunters reported that a mysterious half-mile-long chasm suddenly split hilltop open in Wyoming. Hunters also said that the crack was not there a couple of weeks ago.
The hunters are accustomed with the environment at the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains since they often visit the place during their hunts. News about the gap was first posted by a local hunting company on its Facebook page.
Scientists said that because the crack emerged so quickly (in less than a couple of weeks), they were startled to learn that such major geological events can happen when conditions are right.
“Everyone here is calling it ‘the gash.’ It’s a really incredible sight,”
worte the hunting company on its social media page.
Randy Becker,, one of the hunters who came across the huge crack said that the new formation was a clear evidence that earth may not be as stable as we imagined. He added that there must have been ‘awesome forces’ involved to displace so much soil.
The man posted several pictures of the ‘gash’ on his Facebook page, and the images are stunning. But a photo taken from a distance by the hunting company is the most accurate depiction of how deep and wide the mysterious crack really is. Experts estimate that the gap is 50 feet wide and 2,250 feet long.
First photos of the chasm were posted Saturday. Ever since, social media caught fire with people coming up with all sorts of speculations over the gap’s origin. While some claimed that the crack may be a gate to hell, others said that it may be a sign that Yellowstone is on the brink of eruption.
Experts said that the explanation to the phenomenon is much less complex. They think that a spring made a caprock less stable, while another spring affected both sides and made the bottom to glide out. Dirt was moved across 15 to 20 million yards in the process, an expert estimated.
Yet, although the half-mile-long chasm may seem amazing in both size and speed of formation, local people said that the phenomenon is not unique. Many other smaller landslides occurred in the area.
Another voluminous fissure mysteriously appeared in the northern parts of Mexico in August 2014. That gap was nearly two-thirds of a mile and 15 feet-wide. The crack was first detected by locals who noticed a split in a countryside road.
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