Derweze, also known as the door to hell, is a 70 meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert. The hole was formed in 1971 when a team of soviet geologists had their drilling rig collapse when they hit a cavern filled with natural gas. In an attempt to avoid poisonous discharge, they decided to burn it off, thinking that the gas would be depleted in only a few days. Derweze is still burning today - TURKMENISTAN
The ruins of the Parthian fortress, Nissa, Turkmenistan, Central Asia.
Gutlug Timur Minaret - Konye-Urgench, Turkmenistan. @Decorex_Intl #silkroute
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Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan is the largest mosque in Central Asia
Derweze, also known as the "Door to Hell", is a 70 meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan.
Sher-dor Madrasah in the Registan - Samarkand, Uzbekistan (1619–1636)