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Feb
10

Door to Hell

Located in Derweze, Turkmenistan.

While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Door to Hell.

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18
Feb
10

Panama Canal

One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America.

The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.

More information here, and an excellent blog article on it can be found here –  thesilverpeopleheritage.wordpress.com




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