Real life 'Gates of Hell' has been burning for more than 50 years
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For over 50 years a site known as the 'Gates of Hell' has been on fire and it's showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
If someone told you there was a gaping hole in the ground that had been burning ceaselessly for decades you'd probably find it hard to believe, even though it sounds incredibly cool (not temperature-wise).
So named because it's a giant hole in the ground that's perpetually on fire, the 'Gates of Hell' is the popular name of a crater 69 metres (226ft) wide and 30 metres (98ft) deep located in Turkmenistan.
Far from being Satan's personal doorstep, the place is actually a crater of natural gas on a site which was identified by the Soviet Union as a potential oil field back in 1971.
Early surveys of the site found that rather than oil, there was a pocket of natural gas beneath the spot they were drilling on, which then collapsed down into the ground for form the huge crater.
Steadily releasing potentially dangerous gases from the pocket into the surrounding area, the 'Gates of Hell' were created after a group of Soviet engineers (Turkmenistan was part of the Soviet Union at the time) came up with what they thought was a brilliant solution.
Deciding to curb the harmful effects the gas might have on the surrounding area, they thought the best course of action would be to light the crater on fire.
It was assumed that this would have the effect of burning the gas away in a few weeks, but that didn't turn out to be the case.
Instead, the Gates of Hell are still ablaze more than 50 years later and there's no sign that this infernal inferno is set to stop burning in the near future.
Since then, it's been a popular tourist spot, because who wouldn't want to visit a giant hole in the ground that's been on fire for decades?
Efforts to finally close these 'Gates of Hell' and at last extinguish the fire that has been burning for over 50 years are underway, particularly since all that burning of gas is causing environmental damage.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Turkmenistan's government is trying to find some way to solve the problem, though this is fraught with difficulty.
Someone that can actually claim to have marched into the 'Gates of Hell' itself, explorer George Kourounis who journeyed into the burning crater in 2013, said he wasn't sure it could be done.
He explained that when he was down there he found that whenever he dug up a chunk of scorched earth there would be more fire as it created a new path for the gas to escape and ignite.
Previous efforts to quell the flames in 2010 were attempted, but ultimately proved to be unsuccessful.