Turkmenistan.- The gas crater that burns without interruption since 1971, known as the “Gate of Hell” will be closed and its flames suffocated by order of the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbangulí Berdimujamédov, after affirming that it represents a great loss of natural gas.
It was in 1971 when this crater was created by Soviet geologists who drilled in the area in search of oil, however they found natural gas instead.
During their work, the chosen terrain collapsed as it was sand, forming a hole 60 meters wide and almost 20 meters deep, which until now is known as one of the wonders of nature, despite being a human error.
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Therefore, in order to prevent the local population and the livestock of the area from becoming intoxicated, the geologists chose to burn the gas that came out of the crater, believing that at some point it would become extinct, however, more than 50 years have passed. and the gas continues to burn in flames with no intention of stopping.
Derived from this situation that has occurred since 1971, the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbangulí Berdimujamédov, mentioned that the existence of this burning crater represents a problem for ecology of the Karakum desert where it is located, in addition to the fact that it is an immense loss of natural gas that affects the economy of the so-called Republic of Gas.
Gurbangulí Berdimujamédov came to power in the country located in Central Asia in December 2006, however since 2010 he proposed closing the “Gate of Hell”, which attracts few tourists, however until 2022 he finally issued the order.
The President of Turkmenistan tasked Deputy Prime Minister Shakhim Abdrachmanov with finding a way to smother the flames of the crater with the support of Turkmen or foreign scientists, if necessary.
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For their part, some Russian scientists said that extinguishing the flames of the well would require a large financial investment, but that it would not be able to prevent the escape of the gas.
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