(the black dot to the right of the crater is an suv)
this is so awesome.
there is a huge burning crater in derweze, a village in turkmenistan, nicknamed “the door to hell”.
it was created/discovered in 1971 when geologists tapped into a cavern full of natural gas. in order to keep the gas out of the atmosphere they decided to set fire to it assuming that it was burn out within a few hours. it didn’t and has been burning ever since. 40 years and counting.
read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derweze
check out this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7we6mz0TyZA