TIL that, to prevent the spread of methane, the Darva gas crater was intentionally set ablaze for three weeks. In 1971. It’s been burning for 50 years.

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“The Turkmen government hopes that the crater will become a popular tourist attraction.[8] The surrounding area is also popular for wild desert camping.” Good luck with that.

HarlanCulpepper

“In April 2010, the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, visited the site and ordered that the hole should be closed. In 2013, he declared the part of the Karakum Desert with the crater a nature reserve.[8] In 2019, he appeared on state television doing doughnuts around the crater to disprove and correct rumours of his death.[13]”

nuffypips

Once every year Vin Diesel chooses one lucky child to throw into it.

RJPeaches

It’s right next to the Springfield tire fire. We’re doing amazing guys.

Logical_Personality6

It’s like the ground holes in Centralia, PA.

NarcoCeliac