This is Yemen’s ‘hell pit’ that baffles geologists

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Yemen is a bicontinental country, located in Africa and the Middle East. With a population of 29.3 million, it is divided into four geographic regions: the western coastal mesa, the eastern mountains, the western mountains, and the Rub al-Khali, the largest sand desert in the world. Well, 1,300 kilometers east of Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, near the border of Oman, is known as ‘pit of hell’. To date, no one has been able to determine its origin or what is hidden inside.

Wrong Babhair, Director of the Geological Institute of Mahra, explains that the rock could be several million years old. However, based on studies, it is most likely more recent. Scientists are also unable to determine exactly what its depth is, although they estimate that it may be between 100 and 250 meters. What is clear is that it is 30 meters in diameter, at least on the surface.

The walls form a kind of rings and the most surprising of all is that in the areas closest to the surface ‘living areas’ have been created, in which there is vegetation and some birds even nest.

But why does the ‘pit of hell’ cause such fascination? It may be because it has hardly been explored. Scientists point out that a foul smell comes from inside, which has made the local population believe that demons live inside. However, the most likely theory is that it is due to sulfurous gases.

A few years ago an expedition tried to enter the well. But it was a failure because at 60 meters they had to abandon the abundance of gases and lack of oxygen.

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Do not forget that it is located in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and that it is currently mired in a great humanitarian crisis. Therefore, there are no international expeditions that can access it easily, and this increases the mystery.

Recently a drone has captured images of Yemen’s ‘pit of hell’, and the AFP agency has shared it, according to the BBC.

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