Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gobustan Mud Volcanos

There's more to Gobustan than just the petroglyphs.  Azerbaijan is also home to around half of the world's mud volcanoes. 

There are around 400 of them here.
The mud in the cauldrons is cold.  It is around 2 °C - 3 °C (3.6 °F - 5.4 °F).

Occasionally, they explode and shoot flames and mud in to the air.  In 2001, one shot flames 15 meters (49 feet) high and covered the surrounding area with tons of mud.

They are the craziest looking things.  It feels like you're on a foreign planet.

Plastic bags on your feet are the perfect defense against tracking mud in the car.

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