The Fiery Door To Hell

The Fiery Door To Hell

Discovered in 1971, the Door to Hell sits near the Derweze village in Turkmenistan. The gas reserve-which was given its nickname by locals-is one of the largest on Earth. The hot spots in the crater range over an area with a width of 60 meters.


from SciShow

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    The Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan is nicknamed the "Door to Hell" because it has been burning since 1971. (0:14)

  • 2

    The Door to Hell is a burning sinkhole of natural gas that measures more then 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. (1:07)

  • 3

    Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. (1:43)

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