Friday, December 9, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Underground fire has burned for 6,000 years


Posted on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 | Comment icon 30 comments

Burning coals. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Rueter
A subterranean coal seam fire in Australia has been burning continuously for more than six millennia.
The region is known as 'Burning Mountain', a hill North of Sydney that was first documented by European explorers. Originally believed to be volcanic in nature, the smoke rising from the ground on the hill wasn't recognized as a coal seam fire until 1829.

It isn't clear exactly what sparked the fire in the first place however possibilities include a lighting strike, a forest fire or even aboriginal burning practices.

In some regions coal seam fires are actually quite common, especially in places where coal mining has exposed the seams to heat and oxygen. Often extremely difficult to put out the fires can last for a long time, but 6,000 years is still a record that is unlikely to be broken any time soon.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (30)

Tags: Underground, Fire


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by Rob008 on 13 March, 2014, 12:24
There is an underground coal fire still burning in the Pennsylvania mining town of Centralia, now a ghost town. You can read about it here: http://www.roadsidea....com/story/2196
Comment icon #22 Posted by ROGER on 13 March, 2014, 19:23
Well if this was a Sy-Fy T.V. movie the milatary would simply bomb the whole area with nuclear warheads and save the day !
Comment icon #23 Posted by Myles on 13 March, 2014, 21:27
Well if this was a Sy-Fy T.V. movie the milatary would simply bomb the whole area with nuclear warheads and save the day ! Or sudden climate change would freeze everything in a couple hours.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Doug1o29 on 14 March, 2014, 2:28
Good God! It's like an endless cycle. All that can't be good for the environment? The ones burning in Pennsylvania are all less than 100 years old. There was one near Durango, Colorado that burned into the 1960s. The one in Siberia - nobody knows how old it is. Doug
Comment icon #25 Posted by coolguy on 15 March, 2014, 4:22
Six thousand years that's nuts I wonder if it will never burn out
Comment icon #26 Posted by danielost on 15 March, 2014, 16:09
I don't think using water on a coal fire is a good idea. Since mixing waster and coal produces coal oil.
Comment icon #27 Posted by JGirl on 15 March, 2014, 16:48
you bring the hotdogs and i'll bring the potato salad!
Comment icon #28 Posted by Capt Amerika on 19 March, 2014, 15:28
Heated flooring is the best. People in that area can go barefooted and have their feet stay nice and toasty.
Comment icon #29 Posted by J. K. on 19 March, 2014, 16:20
How did they determine the age of the fire?
Comment icon #30 Posted by SolarPlexus on 26 March, 2014, 0:27
What a waste


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Legendary astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95
12-9-2016
Glenn became a national hero back in 1962 when he became the first American ever to orbit the Earth.
Actual dinosaur tail found preserved in amber
12-8-2016
The unprecedented 99 million-year-old specimen contains preserved bones, soft tissues and feathers.
Mars One delays first manned mission to Mars
12-8-2016
The Netherlands-based firm has pushed back its ambitious plans by several years due to funding issues.
Bleak figures show giraffes face extinction
12-8-2016
The world's tallest animal has suffered a worrying decline in numbers over the last three decades.
Featured book
 
By Toryn Chapman
Campbell Mackenzie is a successful lawyer with occasional feelings of déjà vu. There's just one problem, though - it's not déjà vu.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Why do some coins have ridges ?
Posted 12-9-2016 | 2 comments
What is the purpose of the ridges found around the edges of some coins ?
 
Exploding 6ft water balloon in slow motion
Posted 12-8-2016 | 1 comment
The Slo Mo Guys film what happens when you sit inside a giant exploding water balloon.
 
What happens when you swallow gum ?
Posted 12-7-2016 | 3 comments
Ever swallowed a piece of chewing gum by accident ? Here's what happens.
 
Indestructible coating ?
Posted 12-6-2016 | 5 comments
A look at polyurea, an elastomer that can make objects extremely difficult to damage.
 
World's longest shout
Posted 12-5-2016 | 1 comment
Christian Kinner from Germany managed to shout for over 43 seconds non-stop.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not my daughter
12-2-2016 | Kansas USA
 
Curious cat
12-2-2016 | Australia
 
My ball lightning story
11-12-2016 | Kane, PA
 
My doppelganger story
11-12-2016 | Levittown, PA
 
The same dream
11-12-2016 | Pennsylvania
 
Paranormal activity ?
11-4-2016 | England
 
ESP experiences
11-4-2016 | United States
 
Witnessing hyperspeed?
10-13-2016 | United States
 
Auntie doppelganger
10-13-2016 | United States
 
Men in Black encounters
10-13-2016 | Canada
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ