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TURKMENISTAN – DOOR TO HELL & THE YANGIKALA CANYONS

In terms of the Stans, Turkmenistan is one of the lesser-known of the bunch, yet undeservedly-so.

It boasts not just one, but two of our picks for the wonders of the Stans: the ominous-sounding Door to Hell and the exquisite Yangikala Canyons that rival the Grand Canyon in the US. Visitors are likely to find the Door to Hell aptly-named: this gaping natural gas field in Darvaza was lit by Soviet petroleum engineers over four decades ago, and still burns with a fiery passion today. The engineers lit the crater they’d dug looking for massive oil reserves in an attempt to burn off the excess gases. Whoops. Shame for the engineers, but a lucky mistake for visitors, who can gaze at the hypnotic sulfur flames – from a safe distance. Source of http://www.remotelands.com/travelogues/stan-stare-natural-wonders-of-central-asia/
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