Scientists lit a cave of natural gas in 1971 expecting it to burn out in a few days, but it still burns to this day!
Near Darvaz, Uzbekistan, geologists were drilling for gas. They ended up drilling into a huge natural cavern that went super deep. The cavern was filled with gas, so none of them dared to explore the cavern and how deep it really went. They decided to light the cavern on fire, so that no poisonous gases would escape. This all went down in 1971, and they expected the fire to burn for a few days or so. Fast forward to today and the cavern is still ablaze. It hasn’t stopped burning in over 35 years. It’s now known as “The Door to Hell”.
Nobody has been able to calculate just how many tons of natural gas has burned throughout the years at the cavern sight, but it is a major loss of a natural resource and a total waste. They definitely should have done a little extra math or exploring before lighting a cavern on fire wasting millions of dollars of natural resources.
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