The curious origin of the Gate to Hell in Darvaza, in Turkmenistan

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Have you ever heard of Darvaza’s Gate to Hell ? No? Well, it has a story that is worth knowing!

As you can see in the images, it is a burning crater, but contrary to what it may seem, this wonder of nature did not occur completely naturally. The search for gas geologists and a "brilliant" idea from scientists had a lot to do with it. We tell you the story about this curious place below!

70% desert

The Gate to Hell is located in the great Karakum Desert , near the small village of Darvaza, in Turkmenistan. In reality, the desert occupies 70% of the entire country, or what is the same, 350,000 km2, and is very rich in oil and natural gas.

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Man’s hand

The Gate to Hell was formed during the 1970s. At that time, during gas surveys by Soviet geologists, the ground sank leaving a hole 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep.

In order not to allow the poisonous gases to evaporate, a group of scientists had the brilliant idea of ​​setting fire to this gas-filled cave, thinking that the fire would go out after a few days. However, 40 years later the crater is still burning and it is totally unknown for how many more years the flames of the Gate to Hell will continue to burn.

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The danger of playing with the forces of nature

During the day, the Door to Hell is most striking for its size, but when it really impresses is at night. In fact, when the sun disappears the crater becomes visible from several kilometers away. As you can see, it is very dangerous to deliberately play with the forces of nature, especially when you do not know each other in depth.