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Friday, March 28, 2008

Darvaz: "The Door to Hell"

That's one helluva carbon footprint ...

Near the small town of Darvaz in Uzbekistan is a place that the locals call "The Door to Hell". Thirty-five years ago some geologists were drilling for natural gas there and hit upon a cavern. Poisonous gas was detected down in the hole, so the excavators ignited it in the hopes that it would "burn off" and clear out the air so that they could explore further.

It's been burning ever since, non-stop, for more than three decades.

Mash down here for more photos and one scary video clip of "The Door to Hell".

EDIT 2:28 pm 03/30/2008: Someone noted in the comments that Darvaz is actually located in Turkmenistan, not Uzbekistan. So I stand corrected. But in my own defense, I just took the original website at its word that this was Uzbekistan :-)


Abas KS said...

Hi, Chris

How are things?

Its been a short while; sorry, I was tied up with work. So the two figures on the edge of the burning pit are roasting marshmallows, I presume? Lol
I guess its on the Greenpeace "to do" list. 30 years is quite a while to be contributing to the thinning of the ozone layer.


Anonymous said...

Not to be a prig, butI believe this fire pit is actually in Turkmenistan, just to the southwest of Uzbekistan.
All the same, thanks for posting the great photos.

Razvan Neagoe said...

Left unburned, methane gas has more greenhouse effect than the CO2 and water released by burning, so they chose the least dangerous option.