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The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan



    The Gate, also known as Darvaza is a Turkmenistan village of about 350 inhabitants, located in the middle of the Karakum desert, about 260 km north of Ashgabat. 

    The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan

    The inhabitants of Darvaza are mostly Turkmen of the Teke tribe, preserving one sitema semi-nomadic life. 

    The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan

    The Darvaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. 

    The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan


    The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leave a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided that the best solution would burn. 

    The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan

     Geologists had expected the fire would comsumir all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is burning today. Residents called the cave "The Door to Hell". 

    The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan

    The burning gas is safer and less damaging to the environment than releasing the methane into the atmosphere as methane is a relatively potent greenhouse gas is deemed to have a high global warming potential. 

    The Hell Gate - Darvaza - Turkmenistan


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