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Video: The Gates of Hell

Darvaza Gas Crater

So there is a place called Turkmenistan (who knew).

40 years ago the Russians were drilling in the desert and thought they found oil. They didn’t. They found natural methane gas. Like a whole bunch. They decided to set it on fire to get rid of it (because that makes perfect sense).

It has been burning for 40 years.

Photo: Stefan Krasowski, Flickr

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