Eternal flames: mysterious fires that never go out
Some of these have been burning continuously for centuries
Fire was crucial for the survival and thriving of our species. As humans, we value fire greatly for all the things we can do with it, from cooking to keeping warm. For this reason, fire has also had a metaphysical presence in many cultures. From ancient scriptures, to religious rituals, fire is present as an important, quasi-sacred, element.
The thought of having an eternal source of fire seems like a odd concept, but indeed it is a real one. Spread throughout the world we can find a number of flames that never go out. These eternal fires burn for a number of reasons, with some having been created by nature, while others were accidentally created by us. Nonetheless, all these flames are fueled by natural resources, including gas, coal, and oil.
In this gallery you'll find the most mysterious eternal flames on Earth. Click through and marvel at these eternal fires.
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