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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Really Strange Geological Structure (Landform) in Siberia, Russia

Really Strange Geological Structure (Landform) in Siberia, Russia

In "Really Strange Geological Structure (Landform)
in Siberia, Russia" at:

James wrote:

"Stay skeptical, my friends!"

I agree with you that it is not an impact crater and a person
has to be skeptical of such claims given that Google Earth
fans have a habit of claiming any circular or elliptical pond,
digital artifact, or feature that they find is an impact crater.
That is why I called it a "craterwrong,"which is my
companion term to the popular "meteorwrong" of meteorite

For examples of other craterwrongs, go see:

1. The Manuel Benavides Craterwrong and Cratermania

2. Preliminary Evaluation of a Proposed “Younger Dryas
Impact” Crater

3. An Evaluation of the Proposed Spratly Islands
Impact Structure

Searching the Internet, I found that The Russian landsform
has a number of names by which it is known. They include
the “Eagle Nest,” “Patomsky Crater,” " Patom Crater,"
and “Patom Cone.” I like “Patom Cone” because it is
nongeneric as to its origin.

I found one paper about the Patom Cone that argues it to
be a "cryovolcano." This paper is:

Alekseyev V.R., 2012. Cryovolcanism and the mystery
of the Patom cone. Geodynamics & Tectonophysics.
vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 289–307. doi:10.5800/GT-2012-3-3-0075.

PDF file at

Abstract at

Unfortunately the main text is it Russian. As a result,
I do not know the specifics of the arguments that this
paper makes.

An extended abstract about this landform is:

Ermolin, E., O. Ingerov, and А. Saviсhev, 2012, Results of
AMT survey of Patom crater area. Extended Abstract, 21st
EM Induction Workshop Darwin, Australia, July 25-31, 2012.

Additional web pages are:

Fifth Expedition to the Patom Crater Gives Striking
Results, Lake Baikal Fund, July 27, 2011

Imaggeo on Mondays: Pitter-patter of little paws in Patomsky
crater. by Dmitry Demezhko, Geolog, European Geosciences
Union, February 10, 2014.

There is even a Wikipedia page about it at:

For the people, who have Google Earth the location of this
landform is 59.28449°N 116.58954° (59.28449°N 116.58954°E)


Paul H.