Hunters chasing after the antelope in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains have come across something quite unexpected: a crack in the earth about 700 yards long and 50 yards wide. The natural phenomenon was first recorded by Randy Becker and then later shared online by SNS Outfitters, an antelope hunting guide service, where the pictures soon started a buzz.

“While hunting this past weekend in the Bighorns, we came across an awesome example of how our earth is not as stable as you might think. Awesome forces at work here to move this much dirt!!” Becker wrote on Facebook.

 

What kind of forces could create such a big split though? The online commentary ranged from speculation of fracking, geological movements like earthquakes and sinkholes, and even a collapse into subterranean caves. Of course, the crack’s relative proximity to the Yellowstone Caldera, a supervolcano roughly 150 miles away, also played a part in the speculation.

SNS Outfitters offered a different explanation.

“An engineer from Riverton, WY came out to shed a little light on this giant crack in the earth,” the outfitters wrote on its Facebook. “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.”

Since so many people have commented and asked questions, we wanted to post an update with a little more information. An…

Posted by SNS Outfitter & Guides on Monday, October 26, 2015

 

Some had their doubts that a tiny spring could cause such a big crack, and geologists have yet to determine for sure what created Wyoming’s newest and smallest little canyon. Seth Wittke, Wyoming Geological Survey’s manager of groundwater and geologic hazards and mapping, told the Powell Tribune that there are many reasons why the fissure could have formed.

“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,” he said.

This 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.Huntwyo.com

Posted by SNS Outfitter & Guides on Friday, October 23, 2015

 

One theory from the Geological Survey is that crack was caused by a slump. A slump happens when a mass of rock and other materials slide off a slope, much like an ice shelf calving. A team from the agency intends to travel to the crack for a more detailed analysis, and is currently speaking with the property owner to gain access. For now, experts are warning people not to approach the crack as it can be potentially unstable.

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  • Thomas Hussman

    The “Gash” is rather significant. It may be a small example of events forthcoming.

  • Wayne Lowe

    maybe it the start of a new caldera, the hot spot still moving west?
    Oregon then Idaho now Wyoming: 150 west of Yellowstone. at least it’s the right direction: or is it?
    i was looking for a map showing the ancient calderas, but this article had no maps or pic

    • Barry

      Wayne Lowe, the Big Horn mountains are east of Yellowstone.

    • LGreen

      You have your directions backwards.

  • Al Schrader

    I’m expecting one like that only a hundred thousand times bigger to swallow the Middle East bad guys.
    The warning island has already appeared (means friendlies get out).

    • Dale Bailey

      Al Schrader , it could happen . There are at least two major fault lines (Africa’s Great Rift on the West , and The Himalayas on the East ) many lesser between . A recent earthquake lifted Mount Everest one inch higher . Plate Tectonics REALLY do rock !

  • Ted I Lewis

    It so easy to tell for FACT how this happened ! Don’t need all the experts to come out and look ! Just read ! The one in control of every aspect of our lives did this ! Read your Bible ! And another fact you might like to know? We haven’t seen nothing yet ! And as we all know, GOD DOES NOT LIE !

    • lord daniel

      you are right but some atheists will not like this lol babylon will fall abd be divided into two revelation 18

  • Ted…Your really close to the truth…in this case I think it’s just the earth “belching”, but Yellowstone, and the Ring of Fire in itself is becoming more and more active….Other places are also showing signs of the Book of Revelation….We know that scientist want to find a natural cause for all this instead of admitting that God’s Hand is reflecting the coming Apocalypse. How sad the day will be when they realize that His Word was true.

  • Max Stout

    I will not argue the coming apocalypse. You are all correct about that. The Bible also says you won’t know when that is. It also says it is an adulterous nation that looks for signs……. That shows a lack of faith about the upcoming events. Now we see alot more calamity now than we did before. Revelations says we will. Maybe it’s simply because we have so many ways to communicate now. Meaning there is not an increase in global weather and geological events, only an increase in the reporting and documentation of said events. These things have been happening all along, we just hear about it all now. If you look just in the photo evidence provided in this story, you can see in the background that this has been happening periodically. You can see ancient fissures that have been eroded by wind and rain, and grown over in vegetation. It’s amazing to see, but I’m not sure it signifies anything other than more of the same. We are to be vigilant however, keep your eyes to the skies. But, live as you are promised of tomorrow.

  • McCabe

    Would it be too much trouble to post a Lat. and Lon.?