(ORDO NEWS) — The Turkmen authorities have announced plans to put out the so-called “Gates of Hell” – a large hole in the ground from which gas seeps. The crater has been burning for over 50 years.
The “gates of hell”, located about 260 kilometers from the capital of Turkmenistan, appeared in 1971 after the collapse of an underground cavity during drilling.
To prevent an ecological catastrophe from the release of toxic gases, geologists decided to set them on fire. According to calculations, the fire was supposed to go out in a few weeks, but the crater with a diameter of about 70 meters continues to burn to this day. Now the country’s authorities are thinking about extinguishing it. Why is it for them – further.
The gates of hell are closing
- The Darvaza crater burns a large amount of gas. According to the authorities of the country, it can be used for the prosperity of the country and its people.
- The goal is to stop this continuously burning hole and use natural gas reserves for the benefit of the country .
- The reason for the closure is also related to environmental and health concerns.
- Obviously, gas emissions are of particular concern at a time when countries around the world are trying to reduce gas emissions and save the atmosphere.
The “gates of hell” serve as a natural environment for extremophilic bacteria that can withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees.
According to George Curunis, a researcher at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, these bacteria are not even in the DNA database. Some of them may consume methane.
As a result, this is a very unusual and mysterious life form that lives in a place unfavorable for humans and ordinary living beings.
Putting out a fire can be a difficult task. It is not enough just to throw a large amount of sand into the pit. Even if the fire is extinguished by filling the hole, there is a good chance that it will still find its way to the surface.
Therefore, scientists already assume that a lot of scientific research and the latest technologies will be needed.
The fire was put out in 2010. More precisely, they were going to, but then the president of the country for some reason postponed his already issued decree for the future.
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