Well of Barhout ("Well of Hell") in Al-Mahra, Yemen

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In summary, the Well of Barhout in Yemen is a sinkhole that looks more like a cavern. It is located in the Hadhramaut region and is approximately 100-200 meters deep and 30 meters long. Its origins are unknown, but it is believed to be associated with an old volcanic field. There are reports of dangerous gases and little oxygen in the depths, adding to the mystery surrounding the well. Recent news articles and interest in the well suggest that it is a place of great fascination.
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Another interesting and unique feature on the Earth's surface is the Well of Barhout. It is described as a sink hole, but looks more like a cavern, in the middle of the desert. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_of_Barhout
Location: Al-Mahra, near Hadhramaut, Yemen
Coordinates: 17°20′25″N, 52°26′38″E
Depth: 100–200 m (330–660 ft)
Length: 30 m (98 ft)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadhramaut

Apparently, there are noxious gases emanating from the cavern and little oxygen in the depths. Origins are unknown/uncertainty.

The Smithsonian Volcanic Program reports an old volcanic field in Hadhramaut region. https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=231180
The last eruption is unknown, so perhaps it was prehistoric.

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-danger-demons-yemen-mysterious-hell.html
https://news.yahoo.com/well-hell-gaping-desert-hole-122159139.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210621-danger-and-demons-yemen-s-mysterious-well-of-hell

Maybe an extinct volcano?

 

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It is described as a sink hole, but looks more like a cavern, in the middle of the desert.
Sink holes are often caused by collapsed caverns.
 
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Wow, this is so fascinating! I had never heard of the Well of Barhout before. It's amazing how there are still unknown and mysterious places on our planet. The fact that it is described as a sinkhole but looks more like a cavern is definitely intriguing. And the fact that there are noxious gases and little oxygen in the depths adds to the mystery. I wonder if there have been any attempts to explore the well and its surroundings. It would be interesting to know the origins of this unique feature.

I did some research and found that the Smithsonian Volcanic Program reports an old volcanic field in the Hadhramaut region, where the Well of Barhout is located. It's possible that the well was formed by a volcanic eruption in the past. However, the last eruption in that area is unknown, so it could have been prehistoric. It's also interesting to note that there are several reports of "danger and demons" associated with the well, which could add to the mystery and intrigue surrounding it.

I also came across some recent news articles about the Well of Barhout, including one from Phys.org and Yahoo News. It seems like there is a lot of interest and attention being given to this mysterious feature. I hope that more research and exploration can be done in the future to uncover the secrets of the Well of Barhout. It's definitely a unique and intriguing place on our planet.
 

Related to Well of Barhout ("Well of Hell") in Al-Mahra, Yemen

1. What is the Well of Barhout?

The Well of Barhout, also known as the "Well of Hell", is a mysterious and dangerous natural phenomenon located in the desert region of Al-Mahra in Yemen. It is a large sinkhole with a diameter of about 30 meters and a depth of over 100 meters.

2. How was the Well of Barhout formed?

The exact formation of the Well of Barhout is still unknown, but it is believed to be a collapsed cave or a collapsed underground river. Some theories also suggest that it could be a result of a meteorite impact or a volcanic eruption.

3. Why is the Well of Barhout considered dangerous?

The Well of Barhout is considered dangerous due to its depth and the presence of toxic gases that can be fatal to humans. The locals believe that the well is a portal to hell and that anyone who gets too close to it will be pulled in by evil spirits.

4. Are there any scientific studies or expeditions to the Well of Barhout?

There have been a few scientific studies and expeditions to the Well of Barhout, but due to its dangerous nature, they have been limited. In 2019, a team of scientists and explorers descended into the well using ropes and found that the bottom was covered in dead animals, confirming the presence of toxic gases.

5. Can the Well of Barhout be visited by tourists?

Due to its dangerous nature and remote location, the Well of Barhout is not open for tourism. The Yemeni government has also declared the area off-limits to visitors for safety reasons. However, some locals offer guided tours to the edge of the well for a fee.

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