The truth about the 'bottomless pit' that can revive dead animals

AmericaThe hole is more than 24,000 m deep, equivalent to 1/4 of the way through the thickest part of the Earth’s crust, most likely a trick inspired by a mine well.

On February 21, 1997, Mel Waters, a resident of Washington state, USA, called into the radio show Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell and made strange assertions. Mel says he has found a bottomless pit that possesses extraordinary power. Through a series of calls, his descriptions became more and more strange. This story quickly became famous, causing many people to come looking for the hole. However, the hole has never been found and geologists believe such a structure cannot exist.

The story of the bottomless pit

Mel did not say exactly where the hole was but said it was located about 14 km west of Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington state. According to him, many people know about this hole and local residents have thrown trash there for centuries. Early settlers in the area called it Devil’s Hole.

In his first call to a local radio station, Mel said his dogs were afraid of the hole and refused to come near it. He felt curious and decided to check how deep it was. Mel said he measured the depth with fishing line and a weight, but measured up to 24,000 m of line and still did not reach the bottom.

In subsequent appearances on the show on February 24, 1997, in 2000 and 2002, Mel made even more unbelievable claims. For example, he claimed the hole had revitalizing powers. His neighbor threw his dead dog into the hole, and not long after saw it wandering in the woods. Although it didn’t seem to recognize its owner, it was still wearing the dead dog’s collar.

Mel believes that the hole has the ability to transform certain objects. Metals will transform into other metals near the pit, while radios emit strange voices and play old-time music. A bucket of ice water, after being put into a hole and then pulled up, suddenly became warm, but was still hard and caught fire. Mel confirmed that the giant hole does not create an echo and no matter what size object is dropped, the sound of it hitting the bottom will not be heard.

Exposing the impossible hole

Mel’s story attracted a lot of attention and in 2002, a group of 30 people went to Ellensburg to search for the hole. However, they returned home without harvesting anything. Local reporters looking to learn the story could find no record of anyone named Mel Waters ever living in the area or owning land in Kittitas County.

Science provides the most convincing evidence that the hole is a hoax. Although the Earth’s crust is not uniform, on land this layer averages 30 km thick, and can be up to 100 km thick in some mountain ranges. Thus, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), Mel’s hole will reach about 1/4 of the way through the thickest part of the Earth’s crust.

According to Jack Powell, a geologist from the Washington State Natural Resources Agency, this hole is not only not real but also cannot exist. According to him, the enormous heat and pressure from the surrounding strata would cause a hole of that size to collapse on itself. A more likely explanation, Powell said, is that an old abandoned mine inspired the story. The area also had several gold mines and several wells were found that may have inspired Mel.

Another geologist, Pat Pringle, said that any fishing line that wanted to reach a depth of more than 24,000 m would have broken before due to extremely high temperatures. Besides, Mel’s other strange descriptions such as resurrected dogs or transformed metals are scientifically impossible.

By Editor

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