Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Door to Hell: student sustainability video festival 29

The same day that one of my students showed her video about Fukushima, another gave a talk about The Door to Hell in Turkmenostan that included these videos.

First, The Door To Hell - Top 10 Secret World Wonders[HD]

The Door To Hell in Turkmenistan is one of the top 10 secret natural world wonders. In the middle of the Karakum Desert, the small village of Darwaza is home to less than 350 people. It's also the home of one of the most magnificent and incredible lesser-known wonders of the world, the "Door to Hell." The creation of this particular spot wasn't natural at all but its amazing and inexplicable composition is. In 1971, Soviet geologists accidentally discovered a cave filled with natural gas when the ground beneath their oil rig collapsed, uncovering it. In order to protect the locals and prevent intoxication from poisonous gas, the geologists decided it best to light the gas on fire and burn it away. That large crater, 70 metres in diameter, has been burning ever since.
Next, One Man Decided To Explore The 'Door To Hell'

The Darvaza Crater, which is the actual name of the 'Door to Hell', has sparked the curiosity of many over the years, but George Kourounis became the first to actually step in.
Kourounis will show up in a future video.

Stay tuned for the Sunday entertainment entry.

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