The Door to Hell in Turkmenistan

I bet you feel surprise with the name of this place. Yes, what is the Door to Hell or (some called) the Gates to Hell? It is the crater of fire which is a natural gas field locates in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan. In 1971, it was collapsed into underground formed as a natural gas crater. With a total area of 5,350 square meters, the crater has diameter of 60 meters with depth of 30 meters. The crater has been burning because geologists set it on fire in order to protect the spread of deadly methane gas. The continuous burning crater is called one of amazing nature on earth and many called it as a Door to Hell or the Gates to Hell.

The same as other natural wonders on earth, many tourists are exited to see this amazing nature. This make the Door to Hell becoming the a popular tourist attraction with attracted more than 50,000 visitors from around the world in the past five year. Also, the surrounding area is famous for wild desert camping.
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