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  1. Apparently it’s actually less harmful for the environment to let it burn than it would be if we were to extinguish it somehow.

  2. If you’re looking for a fun way to occupy 20 minutes and learn about Turkmenistan look up the Last Week Tonight episode. What a hoot.

  3. What’s preventing them to harness this heat to produce electricity?

    Is it the location? Could they build here? Is it too difficult to engineer to the point it’s not cost effective?

  4. Yes. Drilling for gas. That’s what they want you to think.

    And not a result of a secret war the Soviets were engaged in against demons from hell.

  5. Why cant they just smoother the fire with dirt and gravel? I know its running on the apparently limitless gas leakage, but you can still smother gas fires

  6. Isn’t this causing a lot of global warming? Burning since 1971. How about finding a way to create a partial vacuum and start sucking it up.

  7. Well that sucks.

    Living in Turkmenistan is already hell and this happens lol

    It’s pretty much the North Korea of Central Asia

  8. Im lucky enough to have been there. One of those things where the photos really dont do it justice.

  9. let’s just appreciate the fact that the president of Turkministan started doing donuts around it just to show off

  10. From wikipedia’s entry on coal seam fires:

    >The oldest coal fire in China is in Baijigou (白芨沟, in Dawukou District of Shizuishan City, Ningxia) and is said to have been burning since the Qing Dynasty (before 1912).

  11. This could be one of those things where in 1000 years if its still burning and human society has long since collapsed, that people will think its literally a door to hell.

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