A mysterious giant crack, which appears to split a hilltop in half, has suddenly formed in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, leaving startled backcountry hunters who travel frequently to the area scratching their heads.
While scientists are still looking for answers, some experts believe the immense ‘gash’ likely materialized due to a slow-motion landslide. “It’s amazing just how quickly very large geological events can occur under the right conditions,” a researcher said.
A number of stunning photographs of the crack have been shared on social media.
Contrary to some sensational claims swirling about on social media, researchers said that ‘the crack’ is not an opening to the underworld or a sign that Yellowstone is about to erupt.
“Though the speed with which the large crack formed might seem earth-shattering, the chasm most likely opened following a long-term landslide,” Wyoming Geological Survey’s manager Seth Wittke told reporters.
“This a frightening example of how our earth is not as stable as you might think. Awesome forces at work here to move this much dirt!!” said Randy Becker, one of the hunters to stumble upon “the gash.”