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Danger and demons: Yemen's mysterious 'Well of Hell'

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Danger and demons: Yemen's mysterious 'Well of Hell'


An aerial picture shows the Well of Barhout—known as the "Well of Hell"—in the desert of Yemen's Al-Mahra province
An aerial picture shows the Well of Barhout—known as the "Well of Hell"—in the desert of Yemen's Al-Mahra province.
Surrounded in mystery and tales of demons, the Well of Barhout in Yemen's east—known as the "Well of Hell"—is a little-understood natural wonder.
Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) away, the giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.
Local folklore says it was created as a prison for the demons—a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.
Yemeni officials say they don't know what lies below.
"It's very deep—we've never reached the bottom of this well, as there's little oxygen and no ventilation," said Salah Babhair, director-general of Mahra's geological survey and mineral resources authority.
"We have gone to visit the area and entered the well, reaching more than 50-60 metres down into it. We noticed strange things inside. We also smelled something strange... It's a mysterious situation."
Sunlight doesn't extend far into the structure, and little can be seen from the edge except the birds that fly in and out of its depths.
Videographers seeking close-ups of the inside of the well have said they are almost impossible to capture—local superstition has it that objects near the hole can be sucked towards it.
  • The giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres (nearly 100 feet) wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and
    The giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres (nearly 100 feet) wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.
  • Local folklore says the well was created as a prison for the demons—a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its de
    Local folklore says the well was created as a prison for the demons—a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.
  • The giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres (nearly 100 feet) wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and
    The giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres (nearly 100 feet) wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.
  • Local folklore says the well was created as a prison for the demons—a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its de
    Local folklore says the well was created as a prison for the demons—a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.
Babhair said that the well was "millions and millions" of years old.
"These places require more study, research and investigation," he said.
Over the centuries, stories have circulated of malign, supernatural figures known as jinns or genies living in the well.
Many local residents remain uneasy about visiting the vast hole, or even talking about it, for fear of ill fortune from a chasm which, legend has it, threatens life on Earth itself.
Yemenis have had enough bad luck as it is.
The country has been embroiled in a civil war since 2014 between the government and the Huthi rebels.
The United Nations says Yemen is suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands killed, millions displaced and two-thirds of its 30-million population dependent on some form of aid.
 

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When we don't know or understand something we seek refuge in the comfort of deamons and jinn. Investigation in this day and age should reveal logical explanation to this natural phenomenon.
 

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even just from the pictures i can tell its a meteroid, which probably fell here 1000s or millions of years ago
 

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Pakistan should introduce port for food program for Yemen.

The port of Aden shall have a Pakistani flag on it. So shall it be written and so shall it be done.
Brother, never start a business. Or go in to diplomacy. Or become a warlord. Basically just stay here in the safe arms of PDF. You are not ready for the cold harsh world outside PDF.
 

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even just from the pictures i can tell its a meteroid, which probably fell here 1000s or millions of years ago
A meteoroid impacting the earth Big enough to create such a wide and deep hole would obliterate its surroundings.

There would be a massive crater.

I'd doubt its a meteoroid

Probably jinns, probably just a sinkhole that happened so many years ago. We will never know... 0_0
 

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Brother, never start a business. Or go in to diplomacy. Or become a warlord. Basically just stay here in the safe arms of PDF. You are not ready for the cold harsh world outside PDF.
So you want them to starve without a cause?
 

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they can't lower a video camera with a light tied 300 meter cable to send in an explorer with an oxygen tank? very disappointed in you national geographic...😑
 

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they can't lower a video camera with a light tied 300 meter cable to send in an explorer with an oxygen tank? very disappointed in you national geographic...😑
don't think Yemen is where national geographic team wants to be right now ...
 

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even just from the pictures i can tell its a meteroid, which probably fell here 1000s or millions of years ago
probably just a sinkhole that happened so many years ago. We will never know... 0_0
Either a sinkhole or maybe a dormant volcano ( the OP says "We also smelled something strange" but if it was such a volcano would birds fly in ? ).
 
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Either a sinkhole or maybe a dormant volcano ( the OP says "We also smelled something strange" but if it was such a volcano would birds fly in ? ).
I'm not to sure about a dead volcano. I mean it could be but idk.

Birds would fly in and out of it is weird as well.

Guess the only way to find out is to venture in.

Who wants to go down a giant hole where jinns possibly live?
 

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Sandy area with some rock formation.. so sinkhole is a possibility... the edges are sharp and the ground surface is flat... so it means a sudden formation. It rules our both sink and volcano.
Sink holes have sharp edges too, but it is gradual at first, however, the last stage looks like that hole.
 

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