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Old 03-29-2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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March 29, 2008: Door to Hell

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This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz. The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it’s burning, already for 35 years without any pause. Nobody knows how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those years but it just seems to be infinite there.


Looks like the worlds biggest BBQ pit to me.


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Old 03-29-2008, 12:23 AM   #2
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Door to Hell

I see bar -b -que written all over this......Let the recipes follow
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:21 AM   #3
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Maybe a nice temp to roast up some little birdies and marshmallows.

Anyone got a long enough stick?
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:46 AM   #4
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WOW

I love IoTD.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:12 AM   #5
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Looks more like molten lava.
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:05 AM   #6
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Reminds me of Centralia, Pennsylvania.
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Old 03-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #7
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That was interesting, thanks, Yellowbolt. Now I feel the need to go there!
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Old 03-30-2008, 03:50 PM   #8
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That was interesting, thanks, Yellowbolt. Now I feel the need to go there!
Gee, me too, with a side trip to love canal.
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Old 03-30-2008, 03:56 PM   #9
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Closer to home, I just found out that a contractor for the former GE Aerospace factory had been dumping industrial waste just upsream from our reservoir from 1966 to 1973. Cleanup begins here in May.
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:15 PM   #10
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That was interesting, thanks, Yellowbolt. Now I feel the need to go there!
I've been thru there a bunch of times, its pretty cool. Well, hot actually... Before they closed the road and knocked all the houses down it was extra surreal... Huge areas of dead timber and smoking ground, the occasional furnace-like vent.
One time we went thru they were having a parade, with fire trucks and everything. Pretty ironic really...
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:00 PM   #11
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Back to Uzbekistan, it seems if we could put out Saddam's oil field fires during Gulf One, that this could be brought under control. Unlike Centralia, this is right out in the open. It would help reduce global warming and might allow reclamation of the gas.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:10 PM   #12
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....[closing the hole] would help reduce global warming ... and allow reclamation of the gas

So would everyone doubling up on the baked beans and skipping the grilling altogether this 4th of July.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:24 PM   #13
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Cool pic Bruce.

It is very well named. Much of the orgional imagery for hell came from a place called Gehnna were they burned trash. This Gehnna Jesus said was like Hell with never ending fire and worms that will not die.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:08 AM   #14
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Coordinates of Darvaza

It’s actually called 'Darvaza', and it is in Turkmenistan, not Uzbekistan. It’s situated in the middle of the Kara Kum desert, about 6 miles north of Darvaza.
40°15'7.36"N 58°26'22.84"E
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:35 AM   #15
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I assume this was the inspiration for Silent Hill?

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Looks like the worlds biggest BBQ pit to me.
It is a BBQ pit... . . .for . HUMAN SOULS.
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