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The Earth is on fire!
04-05-2008, 10:46 AM,
#1
The Earth is on fire!
Quote:Sometimes a fire just won't go out. Uzbekistan is home to a place called Darvaz, nicknamed by locals "the door to hell." It's a semi-underground gas fire that's been burning nonstop for 35 years. Find out why, and see some close-up pictures of this hellmouth after the jump, plus another fire in Pennsylvania that has also been burning underground for over 30 years.

English Russia explains in a way that totally sounds like it could be dialog ripped from Alias:

The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it's burning, already for 35 years without any pause.

In the city of Centralia, Pennsylvania, locals accidentally ignited a huge coal mine that snaked underneath the town. Nobody knows for sure how or when it started, but many believe it was due to people burning rubbish near the entrance to the closed mine. Though many tried to put it out, the fire raged for most of the 1960s and some of the 1970s when the ground started collapsing and the roads began to buckle, like in this picture. A gas station owner discovered that the temperature in his underground tanks was hot enough to be extremely dangerous.

So the town was evacuated, and only a handful of holdouts live there still. Centralia's zip code has been rescinded, and the highway now routes around it. It's a ghost town. A ghost town that's still on fire.

http://io9.com/375485/underground-fires-th...urn-for-decades

This totally caught me by surprise. I've never heard of it. Fires burning underground for years at a time? Anyone been to Centralia? They say there's a fire in Australia that's been burning for thousands of years. There's many all over the world the article isn't that in depth. Here's one on the Aussie fire.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/firehole.html

It seems like there would be a way to make electricity out of this. I wonder how much pollution a burning vein of coal puts out burning on that kind of scale? Probably more than quite a few coal power plants.
&We didn't have education. We had inspiration. If I was educated, I'd be a damn fool.&
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04-05-2008, 06:57 PM,
#2
The Earth is on fire!
I suppose mother nature does not care about her 'Carbon Footprint.' Evil Bitch! Send in Al Gore.


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04-05-2008, 10:47 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-05-2008, 10:47 PM by harflimon.)
#3
The Earth is on fire!
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/worl...icle2917579.ece

China just put one of theirs out a couple of months ago.

Quote:The blaze had consumed as much as 12.5 million tonnes of coal as it raged unchecked beneath the surface and spewed out more than 70,000 tonnes of toxic gases annually since the 1950s.

And there are a bunch of these around the world, from America to Russia to Australia.
The belief in 'coincidence' is the prevalent superstition of the Age of Science.

&I don't understand why you're taking such a belligerant tone when you're obviously the ignorant one here. &
-triplesix
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04-07-2008, 01:55 PM,
#4
The Earth is on fire!
thanks for posting this.... very interesting! :eyebrow:
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