1.14.2010

"Door to Hell" - Derweze, Turkmenistan

http://johnhbradley.com/pictures2.asp?var=070707darvaza
"Door to Hell" - Derweze, Turkmenistan - johnhbradley.com
Derweze (Turkmen language: The Gate, also known as Darvaza) is a Turkmenistan village of about 350 inhabitants, located in the middle of the Kara-Kum desert, about 260 km north from Ashgabat.
The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. 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 60 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 [...almost 40 years!]. Locals have named the cavern The Door to Hell.
"Door to Hell" - Derweze, Turkmenistan - johnhbradley.com
"Door to Hell" - Derweze, Turkmenistan - johnhbradley.com
[Sources: johnhbradley.com & en.wikipedia.org]


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