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Sgt BOMBULOUS
12-01-10, 15:31
Imagine a giant flaming hole in the ground...

http://i49.************/4gtgnr.jpg

http://i47.************/2zel0rp.jpg

While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Door to Hell. Next to capturing the gas, flaring it is safer and friendlier to the environment than releasing the methane into the atmosphere as methane is a relatively potent greenhouse gas with a high global warming potential of 72 (averaged over 20 years) or 25 (averaged over 100 years).

More info (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derweze)

Chocola teapot
12-01-10, 15:31
That's Really sexy.

I Want to go there! :D

voltz
12-01-10, 15:34
YES!!! Now all we need is marshmallows.

Mad Tony
12-01-10, 15:36
How could it burn for so long?

LightningRider
12-01-10, 15:37
That's hot. I'll bring the chocolate. :D

interstellardave
12-01-10, 15:38
Pretty cool.

voltz
12-01-10, 15:39
How could it burn for so long?

How could ths (http://weirdthings.com/2009/08/the-real-silent-hill/) burn for so long?

XBOXCroft
12-01-10, 15:39
Forget stoves! That's where I"m going to live! :vlol:

interstellardave
12-01-10, 15:42
How could ths (http://weirdthings.com/2009/08/the-real-silent-hill/) burn for so long?

Yeah, I saw that on Life After People. There's so many fascinating things in this world. Centralia is probably less than a days' drive from where I live!

Dennis's Mom
12-01-10, 15:47
Hella cool. :D

lara c. fan
12-01-10, 17:53
How could it burn for so long?

Maybe gas still leaks into it...

Jack Croft
12-01-10, 20:01
So much in this world that is amazing.

tombraiderluka
12-01-10, 20:02
Oh thanks for sharing, didn't know about this! :tmb: :eek:

Mona Sax
12-01-10, 20:10
Now that's something I'd definitely like to see. Never heard of it before!

tombraiderluka
12-01-10, 20:14
Now that's something I'd definitely like to see. Never heard of it before!
The first pic looks better than the second....

Lavinder
12-01-10, 20:21
Couldn't they somehow produce energy from it? :confused:

tombraiderluka
12-01-10, 20:22
Couldn't they somehow produce energy from it? :confused:
That's a good point. I was wondering this myself. If it doesn't stop reproducing that means infinite energy, or no? :confused:

egypt_gypsie
12-01-10, 20:22
That is shmexy :cln:

Why the hell can't CD think of something that cool?

Drop Lara off in the middle of a flat desert, and have the ground cave in around her, and have her land in a cavern of lava.

Kinda like the TR4 cutscene when she is sliding down that tunnel thing...

Sgt BOMBULOUS
12-01-10, 20:33
That's a good point. I was wondering this myself. If it doesn't stop reproducing that means infinite energy, or no? :confused:

Couldn't they somehow produce energy from it? :confused:

You can produce energy from any change in thermal potential, the issue here is at what rate could we produce energy. Unfortunately modern power generation relies on astonishing mass throughput, something like this couldn't hope to fuel that. Not only that, if you're running a closed water/steam loop, you need something to condense the steam back into water, which is why power plants are always near a large river. A 500 MW power plant cooling loop runs at 3,750 gallons per second :eek:

remote91
12-01-10, 20:34
Awesome.

Lavinder
12-01-10, 20:54
You can produce energy from any change in thermal potential, the issue here is at what rate could we produce energy. Unfortunately modern power generation relies on astonishing mass throughput, something like this couldn't hope to fuel that. Not only that, if you're running a closed water/steam loop, you need something to condense the steam back into water, which is why power plants are always near a large river. A 500 MW power plant cooling loop runs at 3,750 gallons per second :eek:

Eek is all I can say :ton:.

mau3genius
12-01-10, 21:13
That's so odd/cool. I'm loving the first picture :D