There is a natural gas vent in Iraq, known as the Eternal Fire (Baba Gurgur) that has been burning for over 4,000 years. In fact, the fire is so old, it’s even mentioned by ancient Greek author Herodotus and in the Old Testament’s Book of Daniel.
Without getting into much detail, the fire is created by natural gas which percolates up through the rocks.
Local legend claims that the fire was once used by shepherds in an effort to warm their sheep during winter time. Pregnant women would also visit the flames to pray for a boy. (the article continues after the ad)
The natural asphalt at Baba Gurgur has been used by locals for thousands of years. They use it as a material for their homes, their roads or other things. The flames emit a deadly hydrogen sulphide gas though, so visitors are instructed to avoid the smoke.
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