Door to Hell: The Burning Crater of Darvaza


Photo: John H. Bradley

That burning crater near Darvaza, Turkmenistan, is called "The Door to Hell" by the locals. Decades ago, geologists were drilling for gas when they hit an underground cavern filled with gas. The drilling rig and camp collapsed into the cave and ignited the gas, which has been burning ever since.

Photographer John H. Bradley has more amazing photos of the Darvaz Burning Gas Crater: Link - via English Russia Fogonazos - Thanks Louise and Josh!

Phillips Connor has a series of YouTube clip for you to see:


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@ Adam Stanhope - they show The Burning Crater of Darvaza in "Exploring the Deserts of the Earth, Episode 2" (Free on netflix right now).
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Interested to read Otego's comment as Queensland, Australia is at this time being bombarded with the "clean", "green", "rural partnership" natural gas propaganda, which most farmers seem to prefer to the Australian government allowing the coal companies to take & destroy the land with little or no compensation.
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Tut tut... Shame on all of us.. The World/Life is sooooo simple.. Share. Give unto others as we would have ourseleves. I hope that one day Someone will stand up and speak sense. Money, Religion and power will bring us all down. Until that day, big big hugs and kisses to everyone.. xxx
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I wonder if your readers are aware that the predatory natural gas industry is poised to invade upstate NY with horizontal fracture-drilling. The same geniuses that thought this fire would go in a few days are trying to convince landowners that unconventional gas drilling is "safe."
They use bribes, lies, bull***t commercials that call natural gas "green" or "clean" to prey on poor landowners all over the world.

Check out http://www.un-naturalgas.org/ to get past the disinformation.
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I was just out here last weekend and the Darvaza Crater awesome. We camped out nearly a half mile from the crater and could see the glow all night as well as hear the hiss of the burning gas. The government of Turkmenistan has no interest in harvesting or using this gas as they have one of the largest natural gas reservoirs in the world and all Turkmen are provided with free natural gas and water until 2020. Their cooking fires are burning around the clock because matches are more expensive than the gas.

Gasoline costs about 23 cents a liter!
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