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Old 21 December 2009, 09:48 PM
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Comment: I received a PowerPoint today of a place called the Darvaza
Well in Turkmenistan. The email explains that the place is an abandoned
Soviet era mine that had collapsed and dangerously seeped gas.
Authorities lit the crater on fire to eliminate the gas in 1971 and it has
been burning ever since. There are many photos on the web showing the
crater in daylight and at night, so my judgment is that the crater is real.
The background and description sounds fishy.

Here is the copy, verbatim, from the PowerPoint. I grabbed the photos off
the web using a Google search for Darvaza Well:

In the middle of the Karakoum (Turkmenistan) desert, close to the
disappeared village called Darvaza, there is a crater of about one
hundred meters of diameter and more than twenty meters of depth,
called “the hell’s door”. Inside this well, a fire has been burning for
dozens of years, a fire that looks endless. The Darvaza well is not
a work of nature, but the result of an unfortunate soviet mining
prospection started in the 50’s. In 1971, a drilling provoked the
collapse of an underground cavity, so revealing a gaping hole
leaking enormous quantities of gas. The geologists decided to torch
the well to eliminate such toxic gas, The soviets grossly underestimated
the dimensions of the cavity: the gas that should have burned out
within a few weeks has actually kept burning without interruption since
1971! It is unknown for how long “the « hell’s door » will keep on
burning. Even though the well of Darvaza is located in a region difficult to
access, a lot of people gather there to observe this fascinating
phenomenon. The intense heat coming from the crater allows to approach
the place only for a few minutes because of the unbearable temperature.
At night the show is Dantean: the fire burns in all its magnificence, giving
the well the look of a volcanic burning crater.





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Old 21 December 2009, 10:05 PM
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It shows up on google earth right where it is suppost to be.
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Old 21 December 2009, 11:01 PM
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If the crater is part of a coal mine, it would not be unusual for such a fire to burn for decades, even more than 100 years.
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Old 22 December 2009, 12:23 AM
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Similar things can occur naturally, albeit on a smaller scale. These are the Flames of the Chimaera, near Olympos / Çıralı in Turkey:







They've been burning for thousands of years and feature in Greek mythology - Bellerophon was sent to kill the Chimaera and did so by flying over on Pegasus and pouring lead into its mouth; the Chimaera fell to earth and was buried but its fires have been burning ever since.

(Dodgy cameraphone photographs, sorry.)
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Old 22 December 2009, 12:46 AM
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I rememberseeing something that looked like this on a documentary once, It was about volcanic craters. I will try and dig up more info.
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Old 22 December 2009, 02:48 AM
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Wierd thing is Darvaza means door in Hindi and Urdu. http://translate.google.co.in/#en|hi|door
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Old 22 December 2009, 03:44 AM
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The first thing that came to my mind was the Centralia, PA mine fire (That one started when they set fire to a garbage dump that was over an abandoned coal mine.) So apparently it is possible.

Some more information, pictures and a video of it here
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Old 22 December 2009, 04:34 AM
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lots of videos on youtube. just search it. Looks pretty darm authentic, and also very cool
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