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An Enormous Crack Has Suddenly Appeared In The Mountain Range Near Yellowstone


A gigantic crack has appeared in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. This crack isn’t just a few meters wide, mind you: it has opened up a gap 685 meters (2,250 feet) long and 45 meters (150 feet) wide. The locals are somewhat unfortunately nicknaming it the “gash”, as reported by the Huffington Post.

Sudden tectonic movements in Earth’s crust causes earthquakes, which displace large amounts of material in very short periods of time, often producing large fractures at the surface level. Mysteriously, no seismic activity of any kind was reported in the area, meaning that this miniature canyon was formed through other means.

It may have formed in a way similar to how the highly publicized sinkholes around the world are generated. These enormous depressions, which often form extremely rapidly and without any prior warning, appear when the surface layer of soil collapses down into a cavity created by one of several processes.

The dissolving of carbonate rocks by acidic rain or subsurface water is one possible mechanism; variations in the flow of water underground may also serve to undermine the sediments supporting the surface layer. It is possible that this chasm was created in much the same way.

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