A Fire Has Been Burning In Desert Non-Stop For Four Decades

A Fire Has Been Burning In The Desert Non-Stop For The Last 40 Years Ranging from the weird to the wonderful, our planet is a treasure trove that’ll get you to pack up your luggage and go see these happenings up close.
Of course, in the case of a certain desert fire in Turkmenistan that’s been burning for four decades and counting, you might have to be a little careful when getting close.
For the past 40 years, the Darvaza Gas Crater – otherwise known by its scary handle, the “Gates of Hell” – has been burning it up in the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan:
It was discovered in 1971 by Soviet geologists when the ground beneath their drilling rig collapsed, leaving a 70 metre-wide hole.
Since the hole was filled with poisonous gas, these geologists decided to set the crater alight. What they didn’t count on was the crater to burn for four decades straight.
Ah well, we live and we learn. Just take care when you’re approaching it.


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