Amid the endless sea of sand that is Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert sits a giant crater that has been on fire for 40 years. Of all of the natural wonders of the world, the Darvaza Gas Crater is one of the most captivating and strange places you can visit. The flaming abyss is located in the middle of nowhere, which has prompted locals to dub it the “Doorway to Hell”.
Though the pit isn't bottomless, the crater's ability to burn for decades is enough to suggest that it is indeed a Hellmouth, as only the fires of Hell can smolder for all eternity. However, the blaze was not sparked by natural causes.
In their endless search for oil, blundering Soviet scientists opened a Doorway to Hell in 1971. Their careless drilling caused the Earth to devour their camp and equipment, thanks to a huge pocket of methane gas that rested just below the site. In an effort to prevent the methane from seeping out into the atmosphere, the scientists lit it on fire, thinking that it would burn away in a matter of weeks. That never happened, and today, the fire shows no sign of letting up.
An Insatiable Thirst For Oil Caused The Pit To Open
The Doorway To Hell Glows In The Dark
When Engineers Started The Fires, They Didn't Realize The Blaze Would Never Stop Burning
The Darvaza Gas Crater Is Still Terrifying During Daylight Hours
The Accident Caused Several Craters To Open Up In The DesertVideo: YouTube
A Team Staged An Expedition To The Bottom Of The Fiery Pit