Giant Crack Open Up In Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains

Posted: Oct 30 2015, 9:57pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 30 2015, 10:09pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Giant Crack Size of 7 Football Fields Open up in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains
Credit: SNS Outfitter & Guides

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Experts suggest that 'the gash' might be created by slow-motion landslide

A massive ‘gash’ has opened up in the foothills of Bighorn Mountains. The crack is about 10 miles south of town Wyoming’s town Ten Sleep and is so huge that it can swallow seven standard size football fields.

SNA Outfitter & Guides uploaded the photo of ‘the gash’ on their social media accounts, which created a lot of buzz about this new geological phenomenon.

“The giant crack in the earth appeared in the last two weeks on a ranch we hunt in the Bighorn Mountains. Everyone here is calling it “the gash.” It’s a really incredible sight.” The company wrote in Facebook post.

The reasons of the sinkhole formation are unknown. Experts suggest that slow-motion landslide might have caused to appear it on one side of the mountain.

“A number of things trigger them, moisture in the subsurface which causes weakness in soil or geology, and any process that would weaken the bedrock or unstabilize it somehow.” Seth Wittke, Wyoming Geological Survey’s manager of groundwater and geological hazards and mapping told Powell Tribune.

SNS Outfitter & Guides also shared more information about the massive crack as people were curious to know about.

“Since so many people have commented and asked questions, we wanted to post an update with a little more information,” said company.

“An engineer from Riverton, WY came out to shed a little light on this giant crack in the earth. Apparently, a wet spring lubricated across a cap rock. Then, a small spring on either side caused the bottom to slide out. He estimated 15 to 20 million yards of movement. By range finder, an estimate is 750 yards long and about 50 yards wide.”

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