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Flames of Yanartaş

Listed under Natural World in Aegean Region, Turkey.

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Yanartaş means flaming rock – and this spot has this name for a good reason – that the rocks here appear to be on fire. Methane vents, in two groups, spout constant flames and have been doing so for hundreds of years. Years enough to have been the spark that started the legend of the Chimera. Pliny the Elder said it “indeed burned with a flame that did not die day or night'. Cool. Sailors used to use the flames to navigate by, but they're now more useful for brewing tea if you're walking the Lycian Way.

Written by  Sally Saesons Says.

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