posted on May, 28 2010 @ 12:56 AM
Despite the grandiose and striking the imagination form of the crater, the history of its origin completely devoid of any romance. In 1971,
exploration wells were drilled and came to the underground caverns. Drilling rig with all equipment and transportation failed down. Fortunately,
people at the same time were not injured.
Natural gas came from the crater. So no one would be poisoned, it was set on fire. And ever since, unquenchable burning torches are to scare tourists
and nomads. How many billions of cubic meters of valuable natural raw materials burned for all time the existence of "gas well", no one knows.
Curiously, not far away, there are two more "door to hell" of a similar origin; they are inferior to the famous crater: first, they do not burn, and
secondly, the gas pressure is much weaker. At the bottom of one of these craters - bladders slab in light gray color, the other is filled with steep
"brine" amazing color of turquoise.
By the way, not far from Darwaza, there are several wells preserved with the remains of wellhead, and to make them work once again will be easy. But
in an area with "turquoise" lake, where the reservoir water-gas contact is allowed, mining, apparently is impossible.
Terrifying "gas" vista is in Russia - on the Kamchatka Peninsula. This kind of Death Valley, located on the western slope of the volcano Kikhpinych
which hit the hot springs. Their small thermal fields are cut by gullies, on slopes and bottom that jolt the weak acidic streams of hot water, steam
In 1930, local hunters were missing several dogs, and when they were found, animals were dead. Not far from dead animals, there were also dead birds.
The hunters hurried to leave a sinister place, but the remaining dogs which were not mysteriosly killed while visiting the Valley, soon were also dead
on the way home. Other people simply waited for the unenviable fate - they began to lose weight, complaining of various ailments.
Shortly after, all Soviet Union has learned of the valley and string of expeditions began to go there. People wanted to know what caused the death of
animals and disease of the hunters, and many have tried to learn this secret with their own lives.
The mystery was revealed in the 70's. Analysis of gases emerging from the ground in the area extending 300 meters and a length of 2 km, has
established a presence in them of carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide. The experts in their gas masks with great caution came on the deadly area,
taking samples and using experimental animals. Small animals - mice and ground squirrels - have died in seconds.
Is it any wonder that the Kamchatka Valley of Death is deserted and uninhabited. Animals, sensing deadly gas, don't even pass near its side. Those,
who do decided to look here at least briefly, die and remain here forever.