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door to hell

Darwaza gas crater - Karakum desert - Turkmenistan


While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 metres (230 ft). To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. Darwaza in local language means "the door to hell".

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Taken on August 11, 2011