Review Monday: The gate to hell, Derweze

Photo from far away in daytime, by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Photo from far away in daytime, by Team Detour, 2013

Hey there bloggies! so today is the start of a new week and a whole bunch of new experiences for those of us whom are willing to take them, and what a better way to kickstart my week than to let you know about this place: “The Gate to Hell”, so let’s dig into it!

Derweze was a small village located in the Karakum desert (sadly this village was disbanded in 2004, just for… kind of selfish reasons), right in the middle of Turkmenistan, it was a kind of small place, but with great surprises as you may have already figured out.
The Derweze area is really rich in natural gas and when discovered back in the 70’s by the soviets, the drilling rig had a little problem, it collapsed, leaving a 70m diameter hole in the ground.

Photo from far away, by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Photo from far away, by Team Detour, 2013

Natural gas is really poisonous, so the soviet scientists decided that the best choice was to burn it all off, expecting this would take a few days.

Silhouettes photo, by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Silhouettes photo, by Team Detour, 2013

And as you can imagine it was a big surprise when even *now* more than 40 years later the hole is still burning, thus, earning the nickname “The Gate to Hell”.

Photo by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Photo by Team Detour, 2013

I always thought that places like this only were real for movies and video games, but here i am writing about it, it kinda reminds me of a Sarlacc from Star Wars just after eating some chipotle.

The Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi

The Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi

Photo by Team Detour, 2013, preparing to take a selfie!

The Gate of Hell, Photo by Team Detour, 2013, preparing to take a selfie!

Photos by Team Detour! check their awesome website and read about their experience here!

So what do you think of it guys?, what does it remind you of?
Feel free to recommend me places to review! as for today is Review Monday! for real places, don’t forget to come by on wednesday for the Fictional World Review!.

The World Alchemist

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