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Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell: Defying Extinguishment, Eternal Blaze

Dec 26, 2023 | News | 0 comments


The Enigmatic Darvaza Gas Crater Captivates Tourists Amidst Controversy

In the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert lies a mesmerizing and mysterious phenomenon – the Darvaza gas crater, colloquially known as the Door to Hell. Since the 1980s, this natural gas field has been a blazing spectacle, captivating onlookers and raising questions about its origin.

Door To Hell – Enigma of Origin, Tourist Intrigue

The origins of the crater are shrouded in uncertainty, fueling various theories among experts. Some propose that it came into existence in the 1960s and was intentionally ignited in the 1980s to thwart the spread of noxious gasses. Others believe that Soviet Engineers, while drilling for oil in 1971, inadvertently triggered the collapse, leading to the subsequent ignition.

Measuring between 60-70 meters in diameter and approximately 30 meters deep, the crater is an imposing and surreal sight. Situated near the village of Darvaza, it has become a paradoxical blend of environmental concern and tourist fascination.

Unquenchable Flames, Unlikely Tourist Draw

Turkmenistan’s President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, has expressed a desire to extinguish the perpetual flames emanating from the crater. Concerns over the impact on health, the environment, and the natural gas industry have fueled the government’s intent to close this fiery gateway. Despite these intentions, the crater stubbornly remains open and ablaze.

The Door to Hell, however, has not just been a cause for worry. In a twist of irony, it has evolved into a peculiar tourist attraction. Visitors from around the world are drawn to the spectacle, as the flames dance against the desert backdrop.

A surreal combination of danger and beauty has turned the Darvaza gas crater into an unconventional destination for those seeking the extraordinary.

Door to Hell’s Enduring Allure Defies Extinguishment!

In 2013, the Canadian explorer George Kourounis made history by becoming the first person to descend to the crater’s bottom. Armed with scientific curiosity, he collected soil samples to unravel the mysteries hidden within the depths of this blazing cavity.

As debates over the fate of the Door to Hell continue, one thing remains certain – its fiery allure refuses to be extinguished. The Darvaza gas crater stands as a testament to the enigmatic forces of nature, drawing both concern and fascination from those who seek to understand its origin and witness its mesmerizing flames.

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Written by Tanuj Verma

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