The famous Patomskiy crater is located in the Badoibinsky district of southeastern Siberia’s Irkutsk province. It was discovered in 1949 by a Russian geological team led by Vadim Kolpakov.
For a long time, this enigmatic creation has haunted experts who have been unable to explain its genesis in any way. The crater is a 40-meter-high cone-shaped limestone mound with a 180-meter diameter. This cone is made of crushed gray limestone and has a volume of up to 250 thousand cubic meters. The crater is known locally as the “Fire Eagle Nest,” and it is positioned on the mountain’s slope among coniferous forests.
Several assumptions suggest that the flat top of the crater in the center contains a funnel that formed as a result of volcanic activity. While the larch trees on the slope are approximately 200 years old, the tree growing in the midst of the limestone hill is estimated to be 71 years old. And the crater is only 300 to 350 years old, according to estimates. Nearby trees appear to have had accelerated growth, which has been attributed to radiation.
From the outset, there were numerous theories about the crater’s formation: volcanic, space (meteorite fall), extraterrestrial (alien shipwreck), and military (nuclear charge test). Scientists have concluded that the crater is an unusual volcano generated by methane gas emissions as a result of three difficult expeditions carried out in the new millennium.
According to one common theory, there is a crashed flying saucer beneath the crater. Above it, electromagnetic radiation is out of control, and scientists believe there is a lenticular object with a diameter of 8 to 16 meters in its depth! So, what could it possibly be? Is this natural volcanic rock or the wreckage of an alien spaceship?