There is something menacing about the darkest depths of the Earth. Just below the crust is a world of total blackness that stretches for hundreds of miles, far beyond the reach of light. Most people never see further than a few feet into the ground, but there are a couple very deep holes in this world that offer up a glimpse of what's hiding below. The deepest holes on Earth are as magnificent as they are phobia-inducing. It's pretty normal to be afraid of heights, but these pictures of horrifyingly deep holes prove that it's possible to be afraid of depths as well. Check out these scary deep holes, but be careful to watch your step.
The Guatemala Sinkhole Was One Of The Deepest Sinkholes In History
In 2010, a sinkhole opened up in Guatemala City that reached 300 feet deep - one of the largest human-made sinkholes ever. It was created thanks to a number of contributing factors, including leakage from sewer pipes, a tropical storm, and a volcanic eruption. The hole killed 15 people, and affected more than 300 others.
The Berkeley Pit Is A Toxic Hole Taller Than The Empire State Building
What was once a massive copper mine in Butte, MT, is now home to a concoction of toxic waste and bizarre microorganisms. The pit itself is about 1,780 feet deep, but the bottom thousand feet are submerged in hyper-acidic water. The water at the surface is blood red thanks to all the heavy metals floating around in this poisonous soup. Tourists can pay to come ogle with pit, which has ended the lives of hundreds of birds that were foolish enough to land in the water.
El Zacatón Is The Largest Sinkhole In The World
This sinkhole in Mexico is the largest in the world, and NASA scientists have explored it using an amazing robotic submarine. Nearly 1,000 feet deep, el Zacatón is truly a diver's nightmare. One person died while trying to make it to the bottom, and no human has ever reached the floor. It's full of geothermal vents that scientists believe make El Zacatón similar to habitats on Jupiter's moon Europa.
Mariana Trench Is Deeper Than Mt. Everest
Welcome to the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. Only three people have very been to the bottom, one of whom is acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron. The lowest point of this trench is known as Challenger Deep, and it is approximately seven miles from the surface. It is one of the harshest environments known to man, more difficult to reach than space itself. While the trench is under environmental protection from the US government, it the unfortunate victim of heavy pollution. Leave it to humans to pollute somewhere that is almost impossible for people to actually go to.