Gas Crater by Alec Connah (11 images)

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A photographer was confronted with an amazing inferno as he visited a gas crater which locals call 'The Gates of Hell' - because it has been burning for 46 years. British snapper Alec Connah travelled to the Kara Kum Desert in Turkmenistan, 186 miles from capital city Ashkabat, to witness the extraordinary phenomenon, caused when drillers ignited natural gas in 1971.

A drilling rig crashed into the crater and workers chose to ignite the gas after they were concerned that...
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