Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Door to Hell

This place in Turkmenistan is called by locals "The Door to Hell". The Darvaza well is not a work of nature, but the result of an unfortunate mining prospection and it's been burning since the last 35 years!

This place in Uzbekistan

It is situated near the small town of Darvaz. The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground.

None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it's burning, already for 35 years without any pause. Nobody knows how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those years but it just seems to be infinite there.