Large sinkholes and craters have long been the fuel of nightmares because of their resemblance to doorways to the underworld. They are an endless abyss where life ceases to exist and alternate universes and hellish beings can access Earth to bring about the end times. Or they are natural creations and a constant part of the ever-changing crust of our planet. Either way, they are scary as hell.
Take a trip around the world to view some of the creepiest, most beautiful, and terrifying manmade and natural holes that have been discovered on Earth. Let’s journey into the abyss.
12. Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
If you ever feel like taking a journey into the abyss, Dean’s Blue Hole is the ideal spot to witness the nightmarish scene. Located near Clarence Town on Long Island, it is the world’s deepest underwater sinkhole. Locals won’t go near the hole because they believe it was dug by none other than Satan himself.
11. Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman
This giant sinkhole wasn’t going to remain a state secret for long before local authorities decided to turn it into a swimming attraction. The walls are made of limestone, adding to the picturesque waters that fill the hole. The hole is now a must-see attraction when visiting Oman.
10. Glory Hole, Monticello Dam, California
The Monticello Dam is the world’s largest glory hole that can suck up to 48,400 cubic ft. of water per second. The spillway is shaped like a funnel and goes into action to prevent when the dam reaches capacity. I guess we don’t have to tell you that you are not allowed to swim in the area.
9. Gates Of Hell, Turkmenistan
At one glance, The Gates of Hell is the most appropriate name for this fiery hole that looks like something straight out of Mordor. In 1971, a team of Russian scientists was looking for natural gas and their drilling platform collapsed. They set it ablaze, hoping the gas would burn out in a few hours. It is still burning.
8. The Heavenly Pit, China
The Heavenly Pit located in Xiaozhai, Tiankeng in Chongqing Municipality of China is a wondrous site to behold. The 600-meter deep double-nested sinkhole also spans over 500 meters wide. The large hole formed 129,000 years ago and is the deepest in the world. An 8.5 km river runs along the bottom of the pit.