The Darvaza gas crater, which has been referred to as the “Door to Hell” wears its nickname loud and proud. The crater, which is located in the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan attracts not only tourists but also nearby wildlife, to their death.
Unfortunately, its signature crack appears to be getting bigger at a very fast rate. Measuring at a whopping 1 kilometer long, 86 meters deep, it appears to be increasing at a rate between 10 and 30 meters each year.
During their study, researchers from the University of Sussex peered into the crack to see what was hidden below the surface. During their expedition of the crack, they uncovered buried and fossilized forests, extinct animals, and around 200,000 years of information regarding climate change.
Julain Murton leads the study and said that the newly exposed sediment could prove useful at understanding Siberian climate change, which would aid in future endeavors. Of course, the “Doorway to Hell” exposed other artifacts for the scientists as well, including a mammoth, a 4,400-year-old horse, and a plethora of ‘to be announced’ science goodies for us to look forward to in the near future.