From the centre of the Karakum desert in Asia, a massive crater, dubbed the “Door to Hell,” has been spewing flames for more than 40 years.
The ceaseless fire, which can be seen for miles in the distance, is not a natural phenomena. It’s the result of a Soviet drilling rig accident in 1971.
“Darvaza [Gas Crater] is a monument to Soviet imperial failure, a roiling wound of failed engineering,” Krasowski says.
The adventurer was kind of enough to share some photos with us.
Turkmenistan has the fourth largest reserves of natural gas in the world, producing about 75 billion cubic meters of gas each year.
To prevent methane from escaping, the geologists set the cave on fire hoping it would burn off the excess gas in a few days.
Unfortunatley, the methane-emitting cave is making it difficult to drill nearby gas fields, hindering Turkmenistan's plans to triple its production.
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