Saturday, May 31, 2014

Doorway to Hell, Turkmenistan

I just learned of this awesome thing a few days ago.


"While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. "'

This is in Darvaza, Turkmenistan.

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