A huge crack that has formed in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains is not a sign that Yellowstone’s massive underground volcano is about to erupt, or anything else more sinister: It’s just something that opened naturally, scientists are saying. The crack measures 750 yards long and 50 yards wide, reports Mother Nature Network, and was discovered by backcountry hunters who were out hunting for game, not geological mysteries.
The chasm was first reported by SNS Outfitter & Guides, a hunting company, on its Facebook page earlier this week and after that, the news — and the conspiracy theories — have been growing: The gash appeared over the course of only a few weeks, MNN reports, and shows that large geological events can occur quickly. Randy Becker, one of the hunters who found the gash, posted several photos to his Facebook page, calling the gash “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!!” FULL REPORT