darvazagascrater

Gates of Hell

If you’re going to name something the “Gates of Hell” it has got to look a lot like this. The name "Gates of Hell" was given to the gas crater by the locals of a town nearby called Darvaza - with the town’s name literally translated to “Gates” in Turkmen, referring to the fire, boiling mud, and orange flames in the large crater. The crater itself is known to geologist as the Darvaza Gas Crater. Now, while the origin of the crater is shrouded in mystery - the science behind it is not.

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