2016-156 – Darvaza Crater Mandala

Darvaza Crater - photo by Tormod Sandtorv
Darvaza Crater – photo by Tormod Sandtorv
225 ft wide by 98 ft deep

This week’s MotD theme: Holy Moley!

Norwegian hobby photographer, Tormod Sandtorv, shot this panoramic image of the Darvaza gas crater (known to the locals as the Door to Hell) located in Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert.

While drilling a borehole in 1971, this section of the natural gas field collapsed into an underground cavern. From wikipedia’s page about the crater: “Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then.”

I find it quite mesmerizing. It must be something to see in person, especially at night. It averages about 10,000 visitors a year. You can view more photos, a video and learn more about the crater from this post on TwistedSifter.com

View more of Tormod’s photos via his Flickr site.

Inspiration for Today

Today’s MotD inspires us to connect with the fire that burns in us, our passion, our inner drive. What motivates us to keep going? What gets us all fired up and excited? Or have we yet to find it? If that’s the case, then as we go about our day-to-day life, watch for sparks…those moments that make us sit up and take notice, that intrigues us to investigate further. Start there.

Happy Coloring!

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