Visit the hell door
Darvaz: The Door to Hell
East of the Caspian Sea in the middle of Karakum desert somewhere in Central Asia hide a secret. It is something so surreal and extraordinary in the same time you thing is not real at all. Here near a small town of Darvaza, Turkmenistan is located “The door to hell” how locals name the strange place. In fact it is a 50 – 100 meter crater who burn continues for 35 years without any pause.
The story of “door to hell” starts in 1971 with a Russian team of geologists in the search for natural gas. During a drilling they found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. I this moment the ground collapsed, leaving a large gaping hole exposed. To avoid poisonous gases coming out of the hole, it was decide to fire up and let the gas burn. Nobody can say how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those time but it just seems to be infinite or it is not so ordinary place.
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http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map-48112.kml [you need to have Google Earth installed to open this]