Gallery: The Gates of Hell: Burning Gas Crater in Turkmenistan Has Been...

The hole is known as the Darvaza Gas Crater, or the "Gates of Hells" by locals, and the crater can be seen, and smelt, for miles around.

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  1. Roy Lawson March 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Agree with other comments. Life gives you hell fire, make electricity. Might as well make the best of a bad situation.

  2. Charles Vella March 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Seriously interesting until the satellite picture (8/10) with the tire that must be hundreds of feet in diameter.

  3. David Watson August 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    confused. The satellite view seems to show a tire laying on the ground but if the pit is in the picture it is smaller than the tire?

  4. Sustech August 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    This is large but not that large also. Why do not we seal the bottom of the pit and fill this up.

  5. globalhome August 25, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I welcome this idea to capture the wasted heat that comes from this on going fire of fires. It is probable many miles from no where and it would cost more money to get Energy than you could get paid for but I don’t know now?

  6. globalhome August 25, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Good idea as this can be done to make electricity via steam, there is a lot of hot air released.

  7. sambalam August 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

    why is no one investing in recovering energy from this waste heat? Couldn’t we adapt passive heat recovery technologies to this particular situation? What a waste of energy resources.

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