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Wyoming mountain ‘Crack’ explained

The crack is about 50 yards wide and the length of six football fields

Surprising it may sound, a bunch of hunters came across a huge crack in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. There is no specific reason for the geological event and it is all over the social media. They were taken aback as the Crack, also called as ‘The Gash’ grew within weeks, creating quite a sight for those fortunate enough to see it.

The crevasse opened up mysteriously at Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains and people have already given many names to it. Photos clicked by locals reveal steep cliffs, and gigantic boulders scattered across the bottom of the site. The crack is located near the town of Ten Sleep.

Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, has provided a logical explanation for the crack. He said, “I expect that water has played a significant role in this landslide, but in general the role is to alter effective stress not to give lubrication. There is a good shot though that this is a progressive malfunction and that the changes in the behaviour of the springs occurred as the internal drainage of the slope replumbed itself as the deformation developed.”

Sy Gilliland, owner of SNS Outfitter & Guides, which offers guided elk, antelope, deer, moose and bear hunts, was quoted as saying that “There it was, this huge slide or crack or whatever it is.” He added that no one knows what has led to the huge crack, which is several stories deep. “I think the reason it’s so fascinating is it’s so big.”

The crack is about 50 yards wide and the length of six football fields, SNS reported on its Facebook page. The gash has become quite the hot topic on social media and has been shared over 10,000 times.

It’s not just the size of the gash that’s fascinating people. Many are wondering where it came from, and how it was able to form so quickly. There are many explanations making round. Some believe that a earthquake might have caused it or perhaps an impending volcanic eruption.

Seth Wittke, Wyoming Geological Survey’s manager of groundwater and geologic hazards and mapping, told the Powell Tribune, that there are many causes that lead to such an event, like moisture in the subsurface which causes weakness in soil or geology, and any other thing that might make the bedrock weak or unstabilize it.

SNS provided an update about the probable cause of this crack on its Facebook page last week. There are so many questions about what happened and SNS thought of answering some on its own.