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    Posted September 27, 2010 by
    skitalac
    Location
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    iReport Global Challenge

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    In 1971 Soviet geologists drilled for oil and gas in a desert of Turkmenistan. Accidentaly they hit an underground cavern, and the well crashed.

    Fortunately, nobdy was hurt, but gas started to flow. They decided to burn up the gas to prevent people and anymals from intoxication and relying that it will exhaust soon.

    But it has been burning for 39 years by now... 50 meters wide, 20 meters deep. Awesome.

    Darvaza in Turkmeni is "Gate to Hell". Indeed...

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