Apr 12, 2012
In 1971, Soviet geologists drilled into a cavern of natural gas near the Turkmen village of Derweze.
The ground gave way beneath their machinery, forming a 230-foot-wide sinkhole. In order to control the emission of gas from this new aperture between us and the underworld, they decided to burn it, expecting the fire to use up the fuel in a few days.
It’s still burning today.
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