The Door to Hell (also known as the Gates to Hell, the Crater of Fire) is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of deadly methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then. The diameter of the crater is 69 m, and its depth is 30 m.[1]

The crater is a popular tourist attraction. In the past five years 50,000 tourists have visited the site.[2] The gas crater has a total area of 5,350 m2, the size of an American football field. The surrounding area is also popular for wild desert camping.


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