Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yanar Daǧ, Azerbaijan

Yanar Daǧ is about 40 km (25 miles) from Gobustan.  Yanar Daǧ translates to "burning mountain" which is exactly what it is.

It is a natural gas fire which burns continuously on a hillside near Baku.  The steady flame is due to gas emissions arising from the subsurface.

The story goes that the flame was only noted when a shepherd accidentally lit it back in the 1950s. 

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