In Turkmenistan’s deserts, there’s something truly amazing. Ignited by natural gas fires is a gigantic crater. This crater is called the Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as the “Gates of Hell.” The fire has been burning for more than 40 years, and people from all over the world come to see it. The crater is the sixth natural gas reserve in the world.
So, how did this incredible fiery pit come to be? Legend has it that back in 1971, some engineers in the Soviet Union were drilling for gas. They accidentally broke through the ground and created a big hole. And guess what? That hole was filled with natural gas! To prevent dangerous gases from escaping, they decided to set it on fire, hoping it would burn off harmlessly.
But the fire didn’t go out. It kept burning and burning. Now, for over five decades, the Darvaza Gas Crater has been blazing like a never-ending bonfire. It’s about 70 meters wide, and when you get close, you feel intense heat and smell the strong odor of burning sulfur. The flames look like they’re dancing, creating an eerie and captivating show.
The Darvaza Gas Crater is a reminder that our world is full of extraordinary wonders. So, if you ever get the chance, go see the Gates of Hell and let its burning flames ignite your imagination!