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In the Turkmenistan desert, a crater dubbed "The Door to Hell" has been burning for decades


This Hellish Desert Pit Has Been On Fire for More Than 40 Years Travel Smithsonian

This Hellish Desert Pit Has Been On Fire for More Than 40 Years Travel Smithsonian

Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/gia...

The Darvaza gas crater, nicknamed by locals "The Door to Hell," or "The Gates of Hell," definitely falls into the latter category—and its sinister burning flames are just the half of it. Located in the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan (a little over 150 miles from the country's capital) the pit attracts hundreds of tourists each year. It also attracts nearby desert wildlife—reportedly, from time to time local spiders are seen plunging into the pit by the thousands, lured to their deaths by the glowing flames.

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Stairway to Heaven but Doorway to Hell? Actually, that kind of makes sense.

The thought of thousands of spiders throwing themselves into the fire is kind of awesome.

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Romantic too.  It's like a hot, dry, fiery version of Niagara Falls.

Postcard:  "We Got Married at the Gate to Hell"

Haha, "Wish you were here..."

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