In the heart of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan lies “The Door to Hell,” a giant hole filled with eternally-burning fire. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas and it collapsed beneath their drilling rig, leaving a hole 70 meters (230 feet) in diameter and 20 meters (65 feet) deep. In an attempt to prevent the cavern’s poisonous gas from being released into the atmosphere, scientists decided to light it on fire and burn off the fumes. The gas is still burning today—40 years later—and a few brave Instagrammers have made the trek to the deposit to witness and document it in person.
The 97th annual Indianapolis 500, also known as the Indy 500, takes place tomorrow afternoon in the town of Speedway, Indiana. Approximately 400,000 spectators will gather at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@indianapolismotorspeedway) to watch 33 IndyCar drivers cover 500 miles of track, completing 200 laps around the 2.5-mile oval circuit.
Known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indy 500 is one of the oldest and most important automobile races in the world, and the driver who wins this race becomes an important part of auto racing history!
Be sure to keep an eye on these Instagramming IndyCar drivers who will be racing tomorrow:
Made with enamel on a canvass of plexiglass, Tina recreates the brightly-colored and sexually-charged undertones of 90’s pop-culture with just a hint of being high as balls on LSD. Ah, the good ol’ days.