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The gigantic ‘crack in the earth’ in Wyoming: Landslide in the Big Horn Mountains causes canyon-like gash  – and it could get even bigger

  • The opening is thought to be 750 yards long and about 50 yards wide
  • Experts believe it is a slow-moving landslide
  • Believed it could be caused by a spring underneath the area
  • Crack may get larger ‘as long as there’s room for it to move’

A gigantic ‘crack in the earth’ has opened over Wyoming.

The gigantic opening was spotted in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming this month.

Now, a geologist has suggested it is in fact a ‘slow-moving landslide’ – and warned it could get even bigger.

 

Gaping: A gigantic opening was spotted in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming this month. SNS Outfitter & Guides said 'Everyone here is calling it "the gash". It's a really incredible sight'

Gaping: A gigantic opening was spotted in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming this month. SNS Outfitter & Guides said ‘Everyone here is calling it ‘the gash’. It’s a really incredible sight’

The Wyoming Geological Survey’s Seth Wittke told GrindTV: ‘Without getting out there and looking at it, I can’t be positive, but from what I’ve seen on the Internet it looks like a slow-moving landslide.’

Growing pains? Wittke has said the crack may get larger 'as long as there's room for it to move it could keep moving'

Growing pains? Wittke has said the crack may get larger ‘as long as there’s room for it to move it could keep moving’

He told the website: ‘A lot of landslides are caused by subsurface lubrication by ground moisture or water and things like that, or in this case, a spring.’

Wittke told GrindTV the crack may get larger ‘as long as there’s room for it to move it could keep moving.’

He explained to The Powell Tribune that ‘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.’

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