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Turkmenistan Hopes 'Door to Hell' Will Boost Tourism
Straits Times ^ | Jun 20, 2014

Posted on 06/24/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Locals call it the Door to Hell, a giant burning pit that has spit out angry flames for more than 40 years, casting a yellow-orange glow into the evening sky.

"It takes your breath away," said visitor Gozel Yazkulieva, 34, from the Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat. "You immediately think of your sins and feel like praying."

(Excerpt) Read more at straitstimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Travel
KEYWORDS: centralasia; doortohell; hell; tourism; turkmenistan

Great Dante's ghost!

1 posted on 06/24/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv

The door to hell leads to Helen Thomas’ crypt no doubt...


2 posted on 06/24/2014 12:45:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway

The tourist shop is #667 across the street, the neighbor of the beast.


3 posted on 06/24/2014 12:47:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway

By the way, this is not naturally occurring. This is a result of a Russian screwup in 1971.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 12:47:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I spent 3 years in Ashgabat Turkmenistan. The whole country is pretty much a Door to Hell.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 12:49:17 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: nickcarraway

Perfect location for the Obama Presidential Library...


6 posted on 06/24/2014 12:49:40 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

7 posted on 06/24/2014 12:52:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

They are going to need a lot of carbon credits for that.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 12:53:27 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: nickcarraway

Just looking at it on Google earth. During the day it apparently just looks like a hole in the ground. I can’t really see it attracting a lot of visitors.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 12:56:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway

Now if that was in Texas they’d just make a big BBQ pit out of it!


10 posted on 06/24/2014 12:56:32 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: nickcarraway
By the way, this is not naturally occurring. This is a result of a Russian screwup in 1971.

Dumping ground for a scorching hot hot sauce?

11 posted on 06/24/2014 12:57:37 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway

12 posted on 06/24/2014 12:59:57 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Crazy like a cat hopped-up on coffee, in a roomful of curtains. Yikes!)
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To: nickcarraway

the entry portal to today’s WH?


13 posted on 06/24/2014 1:02:40 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: nickcarraway

the entry portal to today’s WH?


14 posted on 06/24/2014 1:02:41 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: nickcarraway
"Turkmenistan welcomes just 12,000 to 15,000 tourists"

Well, it's obvious - they need a Turkmenistan Disneyland!

15 posted on 06/24/2014 1:03:54 PM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: nickcarraway

Somebody needs to drape stone hands on each side of that thing.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 1:05:25 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: eCSMaster

Or another branch of the Baraq Hussein Obama Presidential Library and Choom Gang Museum.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: eCSMaster

I can just see it. “Where are we going this year for vacation, honey”?, my wife asks. Whadaya say we book a trip to Turkmenistan?, I reply.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 1:10:36 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: nickcarraway

what did the russians do to make this?

BTW there is a coal fire in Centralia Pennsylvania that has been burning underground for over 50 years I think.

There is no way to put it out except to trench out and extinguish every sinlge thing

A tire fire is another example- it creates its own oxygen and so you can’t put it out very easily


19 posted on 06/24/2014 1:13:59 PM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: nickcarraway

Tourists will go to Turkmenistan before diplomats have such courage. Folks there offered oil exploration deals to the U.S. years ago. It would have been an opportunity to further hem Iran in. But the politicians said no-go in favor of the comfort sensitivities of their bureaucrats. It turned out that there was not a wealth of services there.


20 posted on 06/24/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway

Albert Gore, Jr... what are you saying about this source of Globull warming?


21 posted on 06/24/2014 1:50:17 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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“The fiery pit was the result of a simple miscalculation by Soviet scientists in 1971 after their boring equipment suddenly drilled through into an underground cavern and a deep sinkhole formed. Fearing that the crater would emit poisonous gases, the scientists took the decision to set it alight, thinking that the gas would burn out quickly and this would cause the flames to go out”


22 posted on 06/24/2014 1:53:29 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: gubamyster

+1


23 posted on 06/24/2014 2:16:55 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: nickcarraway

Albert Gore, Jr... what are you saying about this source of Globull warming?


24 posted on 06/24/2014 2:33:33 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: a fool in paradise; Berosus; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

It’s yet another important legacy of being part of the Worker’s Paradise. Same goes for the artificial desert the USSR created in the Aral Sea basin. Thanks a fool in paradise.


25 posted on 06/28/2014 10:24:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mr. K
what did the russians do to make this?

From Wikipedia:

The site was identified by Soviet scientists in 1971. It was thought to be a substantial oil field site. The scientists set up a drilling rig and camp nearby, and started drilling operations to assess the quantity of gas reserve available at the site. As the Soviets were pleased with the success of finding the gas resources, they started storing the gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig and camp collapsed into a wide crater and disappeared. No lives were lost in the incident. Large quantities of methane gas were released, however, creating an environmental problem and posing a potential danger to the people of the nearby villages.

Fearing the further release of poisonous gases from the cavern, the scientists decided to burn it off. They thought that it would be safer to burn it than to extract it from underground through expensive methods. At that time, expectations were that the gas would burn out within a few weeks, but has continued to burn more than four decades after it was set on fire.

26 posted on 06/28/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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