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Over 40 years ago while drilling a gas well in Turkmenistan, the drill rig collapsed into a sink hole and a cloud of poisonous gas erupted from the hole.

It's been burning ever since.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derweze

panoramic view

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Darvasa_g...

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"Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. Locals have dubbed the cavern "The Door to Hell".[4]


Lovely.

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Wow. Someone should have figured out how to drop a steam generator into the hole and they could have been producing energy for free for the past 40 years.
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You wold think filling the hole with dirt to deprive it of oxygen would not be that hard. . . . .
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Volucris writes,

You wold think filling the hole with dirt to deprive it of oxygen would not be that hard. . . . .

Then you'd have an uncombusted cloud of methane wafting into the atmosphere -- a big explosion hazard. That's why gas gets flared in the oil field.

Also, I understand that free methane is worse for the ozone layer than the products of combustion.

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