Some spots on the planet are smoking hot – quite literally. These places are on fire, and the flames just won’t quit. Sometimes eternal flames are intentionally ignited for religious purposes (Jewish sanctuary lamps), sporting glory (Olympic flame), or memorial respect (John R. Kennedy Memorial). But there are some natural blazes out there which have been burning for thousands of years. Sparks may have been set by lightening bolts, volcanic explosions or spontaneous combustion. They may be fueled by pockets of oil, natural gas or coal. Raging like a fiery hell, some have inspired mythological monsters and biblical lore. Check out this hot list of 11 eternal flames that won’t be snuffed.
Today, they’re mysterious tourist attractions that draw visitors, well, like moths to a flame.
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