Though Halloween is a way’s way, the earth has other ways of giving us chills (I don’t mean this in the literal way, neither)! Though there are some areas of the world that offer its fair share of creepy crawl locations, there are some that are so terrifying, they take people’s breath away:
Door to Hell, Derweze Turkmenistan
Much like the name states, this borehole looks reminiscent to what the gateways of hell would look like if it were real. In reality, this 69 metre wide and 30 metre deep crater was formed during the 1970s, when Soviet scientists accidently drilled on a natural methane gas reserve. To prevent the release of dangerous gas, scientists lit the pit ablaze to burn off any methane. However, the crater curiously continues to burn, 40 years after the event.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
While we’re on the subject of large craters, the Great Blue Hole in Belize is another immensely large sinkhole that sparks the feeling of awe and terror at the same time. Located a few miles off the Lighthouse Reef, the Great Blue Hole is a 400 feet vertical drop amongst a sea of colorful coral and shallow turquoise waters. Discovered by the famous Jacques Cousteau in 1971, the large oceanic hole was declared one of the top ten best diving sites on earth.
Kawah Ijen Volcano, East Java Indonesia
Though from afar, the Kawa Ijen looks like your standard-looking volcano. However, those who trek to its peak will know that there is nothing standard about it. The abnormal levels of sulfuric gases cause temperatures to reach unreal levels. The result is partly spectacular and terrifying as combustion happens when the gases make contact with air. There are some cases where the gas condenses into liquid sulfur, creating this lava-like substance with an intergalactic blue hue.
Gomantong Caves, Borneo Malaysia
The large limestone walls give the Gomantong Caves a notable reputation of being one of the world’s greatest geographical wonders. However, for those not a fan of creepy-crawly things, the Gomantong Caves might not necessarily be a walk-in-the-park. The cave is covered in layers and layers of guano (bat poo), and if that’s not enough, the caves are home to hundreds of Malaysian cockroaches, snakes, scorpions, and poisonous centipedes.