Gates of Hell, Gas hole, Turkmenistan. Image credit: Stefan Krasowski

The Burning Gates of Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell (gate to hell) is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan located in the middle of the Karakum Desert in Central Asia. In 1971, a team of Soviet engineers accidentally drilled through the roof of a natural gas cavern, which collapsed, leaving this crater 70 meters across and around 20 meters deep. Too big to cap, they decided to burn off the gas to make it safe, expecting it to last a few days. It is still burning over 40 years later.

The Burning Gates of Turkmenistan

The fire is feded by the rich natural gas deposits in the area and the gas reserve found here is one of the largest in the world. The name, “Door to Hell”, was given to the field by the locals, referring to the fire, boiling mud, and orange flames in Derweze’s large crater.
Source: NMK Photography and Wikipedia

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Gates of Hell Pictures

Gas Hole Black Gate
The door to Hell in Darvaza, Turkmenistan. Image credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink
Gate to Hell
The gate to Hell in Darvaza, Turkmenistan. Image credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink
Turkmenistan fire hole
The Door To Hell at night, Turkmenistan. Image credit: NMK Photography
Golden eye Turkmenistan
Door to Hell, Golden Eye, Turkmenistan. Image credit: NMK Photography
The Black Gate Turkmenistan.
The Black Gate, Gate to Hell, Turkmenistan. Image credit: NMK Photography
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Gas Crater, Darvaza Turkmenistan. Image credit: Brian Shrader
Door to Hell gas deposit
Door to Hell gas deposit, Turkmenistan. Image credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink
Burning gate Turkmenistan
The Cracks of Doom, Door to Hell, Turkmenistan. Image credit: NMK Photography

The Door to Hell / Turkmenistan, Darvaza

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