The "Gate To Hell" is a huge crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning natural gas for over forty years. A Soviet drilling rig collapsed into a sink hole. The sink hole was set on fire to burn off the methane gas...yet to this day it is still burning. The locals named the spot the "Gates of Hell". The crater measures some seventy meters across. The site is in the Karakum desert.
A group of five of us, all photographers, arrived late in the afternoon, then spent the night in nearby Yurt. Quite a large yurt I might add...in addition to the five of us there were an equal number of lively nomads who spoke very limited English...but their English was better than our Turkmenstani! We all had a great time gesturing, laughing...and drinking vodka!
As with everywhere I have visited, the Turkminstani people were welcoming and friendly.
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