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> Chimaera, The eternal flame!
starlagurl
post Jan 28 2009, 02:26 PM
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Well, I just found out about this thing, it's a hillside in Turkey that has random spots of FLAMES coming out of the earth!

They just sort of randomly self-combust!

Amazing:
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...13240/tpod.html

Video that's not so good: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-photo/tech...0.avi/tpod.html

What would you do if you saw that and you didn't know what it was? Try to put it out? Imagine the first guy ever to see this! What would he do?


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post Mar 11 2009, 07:37 AM
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Just seen your Post regarding the Chimaera at Olympus in the foothills of Tahtali Mountain which is certainly one of the most extraordinary sights in Lycia.

No one really knows what is the cause of this 'eternal flame'. Apparently about 40 years ago, oil prospectors examined the flames. They found traces of methane gas but couldn't identify anything else. The flames can be extinguished if they are covered up but re-ignite spontaneously.

Amazing!

Legend recalls that the Chimaera, a fire-breathing creature with a lion's head and front legs, a goat's rear and a snake for a tale roamed the mountain. As a matter of interest (to very few people!), its silouette is the logo of the Turkish petrol station chain, Petrol Ofisi.



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post Mar 11 2009, 07:59 AM
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It's also near Olympos which is backpacker central. I was looking for flights there last night


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