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Commissar MercZ

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#1 10 years ago

Well, I stumbled across this and I thought I would share it with you all.

As you guys might know, the Central Asian states contain their share of petroleum and natural gas reserves. So back in 1971, the Soviets were continuing their natural gas exploration in the region and were at Derweze in Turkmenistan. They ended up digging to quite a deep depth until they found gas, but the geologists attached to the team arrived at the conclusion that the gas pocket contained more harmful/poisonous gases than usable ones, so ordered it destroyed.

So in order to do that they set fire to the hole to dissipate the gases. And it hasn't stopped since. Subsequently the locals referred to the flaming crater as the "Gate to Hell".

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#2 10 years ago

That has to be one of the coolest things ever (er... hottest.) A movie of some kind needs to be filmed on a rope bridge across the crater.

Edit: This reminds me of the coal seam fire that's been burning in Pennsylvania for 40 years or so.




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#3 10 years ago

Where did you happen to stumble across this? I was just reading about this today. Pretty weird coincidence. :)




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#4 10 years ago
Blank Stare;4900617Where did you happen to stumble across this? I was just reading about this today. Pretty weird coincidence. :)

I was using stumbleupon and it got me the page where the pictures came from.




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#5 10 years ago

Nice tourist attraction I guess, alot like Yellowstone.




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#6 10 years ago
Warforger;4900650Nice tourist attraction I guess, alot like Yellowstone.

Except it's a pit of fire instead of a large national park most famous for geysers of ...water. =p




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#7 10 years ago

Afterburner;4900604That has to be one of the coolest things ever (er... hottest.) A movie of some kind needs to be filmed on a rope bridge across the crater.

Edit: This reminds me of the coal seam fire that's been burning in Pennsylvania for 40 years or so.

Centralia, Pennsylvania. I've been there three times. The town has less that 10 people in it now.

The fire is underground and will burn for a very long time.

Also, Yellowstone is a supervolcano. When it goes off, it'll be famous as a giant pit of lava probably spewing lava, ash, dust, and deadly gases all over the world. Can you say mass extinction and end of civilization as we know it?




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#8 10 years ago

If that's the case, Hell has got a certain... effect. But the real gate to hell is Yellowstone. The gates are closed, but if they're opened, mass extinction can and will likely occur(Unless everyone that has studied it is wrong).




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#9 10 years ago

Global Warming...

But that's pretty cool.




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#10 10 years ago
Serio;4900711If that's the case, Hell has got a certain... effect. But the real gate to hell is Yellowstone. The gates are closed, but if they're opened, mass extinction can and will likely occur(Unless everyone that has studied it is wrong).

Everything I've ever heard suggests a Yellowstone eruption would devastate North America but the rest of the world would survive, just not without hardship. It'll take a lot more than a deadly ash cloud to put down humans.