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Out of This World: The 25 Most Surreal Landscapes on the Planet

Fodor's Logo By Wibke Carter of Fodor's | Slide 2 of 25: The “Door to Hell” has been open for nearly 50 years. In 1971, a natural gas field in Derweze collapsed into an underground cavern. The borehole was set alight to prevent the spread of poisonous methane gas—despite the geologists’ hopes that the fuel would be used up in only a few days, it has been burning without interruption ever since. The crater, which is the size of an American football field and 65 feet deep, is best visited at night when the flames can be seen from miles away. The site is totally undeveloped for tourism and the Door to Hell is not shut off, so watch your step while there!

Darvaza Crater

The “Door to Hell” has been open for nearly 50 years. In 1971, a natural gas field in Derweze collapsed into an underground cavern. The borehole was set alight to prevent the spread of poisonous methane gas—despite the geologists’ hopes that the fuel would be used up in only a few days, it has been burning without interruption ever since. The crater, which is the size of an American football field and 65 feet deep, is best visited at night when the flames can be seen from miles away. The site is totally undeveloped for tourism and the Door to Hell is not shut off, so watch your step while there!

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