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An unusual geological feature near Olympus is the naturally occurring 'eternal' flames of Chimaera fuelled by natural gas, mostly methane (87%). The flames have been burning continuously for around 2,500 years. As soon as you extinguish one flame, another pops up from elsewhere within the rock ledge. It was a bit underwhelming to walk 2 km up a steep rocky path at night to see the flames, which were about as exciting as a gas stove. Next time I will have to bring some marshmallows to toast! In Greek mythology, a chimera is a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty6rHbAtpKg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Chimaera

The night tour bus with torch provided left from Olympus. Thought I would upload it as it is rarely if ever shown on TE. Yanartaş is Turkish for "flaming stone"

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  • Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16904 W: 1065 N: 36803] (168006)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-20
  • Categories: Natureza
  • Camera: Nikon D 90
  • Exposição: 30 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2020-03-12 2:41
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