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.
7. The Devil’s Sinkhole, Texas
The Devil’s Sinkhole is located in Edwards County, Texas where the 50 ft. cave mouth opens into a 350 ft. deep cavern. The walls are made of limestone, its the natural habitat of the Mexican Free-Tailed bat and over three million of the flying mammals are believed to dwell in its depths.
6. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a top destination for nearly every avid scuba diver and land lover alike. The oversized sinkhole spans 984 ft. across and 410 ft. deep. The crystal blue waters of Belize really make this formation stand out even though it is considered the biggest of its kind.
5. Guatemala City Sinkhole
The Guatemala City Sinkhole formed after Tropical Storm Agatha struck the country in 2010 and it mysteriously guzzled up an entire 3-story building. It just goes to show that a sinkhole can appear out of nowhere and possibly swallow an entire city before anyone is given any warning. Sleep well tonight!
4. The Big Hole, Kimberley Mine, South Africa
The Big Hole is the largest hand-dug hole in the world and is famously known as the diamond capital of the world. Since 1871, more than 30,000 miners have dug over three tons of diamond from the 700 ft. deep, 1,500 mi. wide pit. The mine closed in 1914.
3. Dead Sea Sinkhole, Israel
Over 3,000 known large sinkholes began to show up near Ein Gedi due to tourism, population, and industry, and most likely more that are undiscovered. Dropping sea levels and mismanagement of the water sources have likely caused this increase that can do plenty of damage to the residential areas being built nearby.
2. Kennecott Copper Mine, Utah, USA
Copper was a major industry from Utah all the way up to Montana at one point. The pits left behind are monuments to an era of unprecedented industrialized growth. The Bingham Canyon mine, as it was called, is the deepest of its kind and is more than 3,000 ft. deep and 2.75 mi. wide.
1. Morning Glory Pool, Wyoming, USA
Located in Yellowstone National Park, the Morning Glory Pool got its name from its beautiful mosaic colors. Because of ignorant tourists, the pool’s colors were threatened due to garbage and waste and some of the beautiful yellow colors have expanded to the rim of the pool. The long walk up the Upper Geyser Basin to see this beautiful natural jacuzzi is worth the trek.
Avoiding the ocean isn’t going to keep you from the mouth of a giant portal to the depths of the Earth. A sinkhole could open up right under your feet before you have a chance to make your morning coffee.
Even though many of the sinkholes we have just shown you are natural wonders that were formed thousands of years ago, in can be concluded that we have a direct impact on the increased appearance of these giant gateways. We can only hope that the images serve as a reminder of just how fragile our planet is and how vulnerable we really are.