- Cave divers believe first descent to the bottom of Yemen’s ‘Well of Hell’
- Locals believe it to be a prison for jinn, but divers found only snakes, dead animals and cave pearls
- A 100-foot-wide hole is in the desert of Yemen’s eastern province of Al-Mahra
- It falls about 367 feet below the surface and gives off a strange smell
- Some have speculated that it is a supervolcano that will eventually erupt and is estimated to be ‘millions and millions’ of years old.
A team of cave divers is thought to be the first to land at the bottom of Yemen’s ‘Well of Hell’, a 100-foot-wide hole in the desert whose origin is unknown.
Officially known as the Well of Barhout, the giant hole is a natural wonder that many locals believe is a prison for Jeanne.
However, divers from the Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) found only snakes, dead animals and cave pearls.
“There were snakes, but as long as you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you,” Mohamed al-Kindi, a professor of geology at the German University of Technology in Oman, told AFP.
Kindi was among eight experienced cavers who fell down last week, while two aides remained on the surface.
This 100-foot-wide hole is located in the desert floor of Yemen’s eastern province of Al-Mahra.
It falls about 367 feet (112 m) below the surface and, by some accounts, gives off a strange smell.
Yemen’s Barhout Ka Well, a 112-metre-deep sinkhole in the desert known by locals as the ‘Well of Hell’, was largely unexplored until a team of Omani cavemen reached the bottom last week.
Despite the sinkhole’s reputation as a prison for Jeanne, the caves were found to contain no monsters, only snakes, dead animals, and cave pearls.
Footage accessed by AFP shows the texture of the caves and the gray and lime-green cave pearls formed from dripping water.
“The passion inspired us to do this, and we felt it was something that would reveal a new wonder and part of Yemeni history,” said Kindi, who also owns a mining and petroleum consulting firm.
“We collected samples of water, rocks, soil and some dead animals, but have not analyzed them yet,” he said. He said a report would be made public soon.
The footage shows the texture of the caves and the gray and lime-green cave pearls formed from dripping water
‘There were dead birds, which produce some bad odour, but there was no foul smell.’
Yemeni officials told AFP in June they did not know what was in the depths of the crater, which they estimated was “millions and millions” of years old, adding that they had never reached the bottom.
“We have gone to visit the area and have entered the well by reaching more than 50-60 meters down,” said Salah Babhair, director general of the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Authority of Mehra at the time.
Some have speculated that this well is a supervolcano that will eventually erupt, but there is no scientific evidence for this.
Barhout’s Well – also known as Hell’s Well – is closer to the border with Oman than Yemen’s capital Sanaa and is a giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra
Closer to the border with Oman than the capital Sanaa, 1,300 kilometers (800 mi) away, local folklore says that the giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province was built as a prison for demons.
This reputation was bolstered by its foul odor and poisonous odor emanating from the depths, while other is called This is the ‘mouth of hell’.
For centuries, stories have circulated of deadly figures known as jinns or jinns living in wells, which some believe to be the gates to hell.
Some have wondered whether this hole in Yemen is a pingo, a type of geological phenomenon that recently surfaced in the Yamal Peninsula in Russia over the past decade.
Chris Fogville, Professor of Glaciology and Paleoclimatology at the University of Kiel, suggested in 2014 The hole in the Yamal Peninsula was a collapsed pingo, which occurs when an ancient ice formation collapses.
In an interview with DailyMail.com in June, Fogville suggested that the hole in Yemen was not a pingo, but a [load] A cast feature or sinkhole caused by erosion of limestone or by geological salts or brine.
‘The erosion around the shore suggests it is not ‘new’, Fogville said.
Many residents of the area feel uncomfortable going into the giant crater or talking about it for fear of bad luck.
The country has been embroiled in a devastating civil war since 2014, which the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with two-thirds of its 30 million population dependent on some form of aid.