You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

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In the middle of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert, near a small village named Derweze, rests a crater. But it’s not just any crater. No, this one is special. But it’s easier to explain why it’s so unique if you just take a look at it…

Pretty standard, right? Well, not exactly…

See, there’s a reason they call this the Door to Hell. Other names: Gates to Hell, the Crater of Fire.

Discovered in 1971, geologists were worried that the natural gas field would have adverse effects on neighboring towns.

In an effort to stop the spread of deadly methane gas, they set it on fire.

The cavern collapsed to form a giant, flaming crater.

The diameter is about 230 feet, and its depth is just under 100 feet.

Yes, those are people across the way.

Originally thought to burn off in days or just weeks, the crater has been aflame for more than 40 years.

The area surrounding the crater is popular for camping…if you dare.

I imagine it’s pretty toasty right on the edge there. Who’s up for a visit?

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