Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hell Mouth

The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since.


Wikipedia info.

Some incredible photos.

6 comments:

JUNKER JANE said...

I LOVE this, hahahaha :D

ShellHawk said...

I bet they're regretting that one.
"Hey, Joe! Didn't you say it would burn off in a couple hours?"
"Mmmpf."
Or:
"Dude! Remember that time we set the gas pit on fire to cover up the fact that we lost a multi-million dollar rig! And they bought it, dude! That was AWESOME! BOOYA!"

Jon said...

Road trip!

Word: "critto"

Sara said...

Is it really called Hell Mouth? It seems too pretty to have such a name.

Rot said...

Nah, I just used an old term from Buffy the Vampire Slayer..totally not admitting that I watched that show though.

Sara said...

As long as you *currently* don't watch "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW, we're all good.