Burning a hole in the Turkmen desert

Burning a hole in the Turkmen desert

To get to one of the strangest and most spectacular sights of the world is possible through the Karakum desert. In the Russian translation of the Karakum — a "black sand" and Darwaza — the "door." That is, it's called the "door in the black sand." The way it looks from the outside, the only difference between this and the "doors" of the ordinary in that it has a round shape and is constantly raging fire.
For miles around there is no one at all, just maybe, some wild animals, such as camels. In general, close to the place no one tries not to be approached, and the people and animals are kept away from him.

Burning a hole in the Turkmen desert

The nearest town — Erbent village — located 90 kilometers away.
Darwaza — a failure in the ground, a crater 60 meters in diameter (about the size of a football field) and a depth of 20 meters (seven floors!). Out of the ground all over the surface of the crater escapes burning gas. Gas breaks unevenly, it is divided into hundreds of fiery language, with the height of some of them reaches 10-15 meters!
The air around the crater appropriate — pyschuschy heat.

Burning a hole in the Turkmen desert

Emerged as a crater on fire, and why the gas?

Burning a hole in the Turkmen desert

In 1971, there were drilled an exploratory gas well and came to the underground mine. Land fell inside the crater of which went to natural gas. There was a danger of gas poisoning people and animals around. To avoid this, it was decided to burn the gas. This always lit the torch lit for nearly forty years!

Looks especially beautiful crater in the dark:

Burning a hole in the Turkmen desert

Not far from the burning crater there are two more, whose origin is the same. But they are not, the pressure of gas in them is much weaker, and the special danger to others they are not. At the bottom of a crater bubbling light gray mud, and at the bottom of another — an unusually thick beautiful turquoise lake, bathing in which is life threatening.

 

 

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