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Vacation At ‘The Door To Hell,’ Enjoy View To Burning Gas Crater!

By Ky Krauthamer Oil Price:

The cosmopolitan delights of Azerbaijan’s boomtown capital Baku are well known to international oil industry types, so it’s not surprising that the authoritarian country is heavily promoting itself as a tourist destination. With endless beaches, ancient ruins, snowcapped mountains and the chance of glimpsing the critically endangered Caucasian leopard, the country has plenty to offer visitors. Add mud volcanoes to the mix, and Azerbaijan begins to look like paradise for jaded travelers.

Mud volcanos — typically, small conical mounds that bubble up a clayey slurry — aren’t as spectacular as Etna or Mount St. Helens, but they are safer to view – normally – and Azerbaijan has more of them than any other country: 344, according to Adil Aliyev of the Geology Institute of Azerbaijan, co-author of “What Do We Know About Mud Volcanoes?”

The most popular place to see mud volcanoes is Gobustan National Park, about 37 miles from Baku.

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