The Door to Hell: Giant hole in the Karakum Desert has been on fire for more than 40 YEARS | Mail Online

The Door to Hell: Giant hole in the Karakum Desert has been on fire for more than 40 YEARS | Mail Online.

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On the edge: Two people stand and look into the burning hole, which has become known as ‘The Door to Hell’

It looks beautiful. I should take a trip there and take some pics. It is absolutely breathtaking from the pics below. It really looks like the Door to Hell, at least what our imaginations can conjure up what hell looks like.

At first glance, it could be a dramatic scene from a science-fiction movie.

But this giant hole of fire in the heart of the Karakum Desert is not the aftermath of an attack on Earth, launched from outer space. It is a crater made by geologists more than 40 years ago, and the flames within have been burning ever since.

Welcome to Derweze in Turkmenistan – or, as the locals have called it, ‘The Door to Hell’. Fearing that the hole would lead to the release of poisonous gases, the team decided to burn it off. The flames generate a golden glow which can be seen for miles around Derweze, a village with a population of about 350.

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Illuminating: The hole in Derweze, Turkmenistan, is 70 metres wide and the flames within light up the sky

 

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Light show: A spectacular view of the flames burning inside the crater in the heart of the Karakum Desert

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