Located in Derweze, Turkmenistan, it is a natural gas field that has been burning for some time. The Door to Hell, as it’s alternatively known, has been burning since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists back in 1971. It is fed by the rich, natural gas deposits in the area and the pungent smell of burning sulfur can be detected for some distance around it.

Locals gave it the name because of the fire, the boiling mud and the rich orange flames in the 70ft diameter. When it was identified by the Soviet scientists they set up camp there and began to build a drilling rig, it proved pretty successful however the ground beneath it collapsed and the drilling rig and camp disappeared into it. Fortunately no lives where lost but large amounts of methane were released into the area and caused a potential danger for the nearby villagers. Fearing more releases they decided to burn it off but it is still burning today.

It has become somewhat of a tourist destination and no doubt will carry on being one as long as it continues to burn.

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