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Darvaza Gas Crater

The Darvaza gas crater, also known as the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell, is a natural gas field collapsed into a cavern near Darvaza.
Photo by Ybrayym Esenov




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    Capital:Ashgabat (Ashkhabad)

    Location:Central Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Kazakhstan

    Currency:Turkmenistani manat (TMM)

    Area:488,100 sq km

    Population:5,579,889 (July 2021 est.)

    Languages:Turkmen (official) 72%, Russian 12%, Uzbek 9%, other 7%

    Religion:Muslim 93%, Christian 6.4%, Buddhist <1%, folk religion <1%, Jewish <1%, other <1%, unspecified <1% (2020 est.)


    Tel Code:+993

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