Giant holes are strange natural phenomena that appear around the world. They can be man-made, but when their origins are mysterious, they can be the subject of many legends and scary stories. Check out the most frightening giant holes from around the world.
1. Berkeley Pit, Butte, Montana
Berkeley Pit used to be a copper mine. With a depth of 1,780 feet in depth, 1 mile in length and half a mile in width, over 900 feet are filled with highly acidic water!
2. The Devil’s Sinkhole, Edwards County, Texas
The Devil’s Sinkhole is 50 feet wide, and it leads to a 350-foot deep cave. The cave is the largest home of Mexican free-tailed bats. Visits to the sinkhole are forbidden, but tourists can come to see the giant swarms of bats around it.
3. Giant Blue Hole, Belize
This giant underwater hole in the ocean is 407 feet deep, and it became famous when Jacques Cousteau mentioned it as one of the best diving locations in the world.
4. The Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan
Derweze is home to a natural gas field that collapsed and turned into a natural gas crater. The crater itself is called the Door to Hell and is 226 feet wide in diameter and 98 feet deep.
5. The Big Hole, Kimberley, South Africa
The Big Hole is one of the deepest mines dug by hand. Kimberley Mine, also known as the Big Hole, is 1,519 feet in width and is said to be 3,599 feet deep.
6. Guatemala City Sinkhole, Republic of Guatemala
In 2010, a mysterious sinkhole opened up in Guatemala City. It was so enormous that it took down a 3-story building. The sinkhole itself is 100 feet deep.
7. Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory Holes, South Pole
This is not the only 1.5 miles deep hole on the South Pole, but just one out of 86! They were made using heated pipes. Scientists use them to study neutrinos through special telescopes.
8. Mount Baldy Sink Hole, Indiana
Sinkholes like this one have started appearing near the sand dunes of Mount Baldy on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. This particular hole is 11 feet deep, and in 2013, a boy got stuck in it when the hole swallowed him. Luckily, he was rescued after 3 hours.
9. Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas
Dean’s Blue Hole is 660 feet deep, and it is the deepest blue hole in the world. A blue hole is any hole in the ground with an entrance located below the surface of the sea.
10. Bingham Canyon Mine, Salt Lake City, Utah
Known among locals as Kennecott Copper Mine, this pit is a porphyry copper deposit, and it is the largest excavation in the world done by man. The hole is 2.5 miles wide, 0.6 miles deep and it covers over 1,900 acres.
11. The Kola Superdeep Borehole, Russia
Soviet geologists have spent 24 years digging the deepest hole in the world for scientific purposes. The Kola Superdeep Borehole, which was drilled from 1970 to 1994, has a depth of 22,000 feet!
12. Glory Hole, Monticello Dam, California
Lake Berryessa in California has a spillway hole near Monticello Dam that drains over 48,000 cubic feet of water per second!
13. Chand Baori, Indian State of Rajasthan
Near Jaipur, there is a stairwell called Chand Baori that is 100 feet deep, making it the most rooted stairwell in all of India. The stairwell itself consists of 3,500 narrow steps in over 13 stories.