Day 189

Day 189


Burning mountain

The Chimera is a mythical beast with the body and head of a lion, the head of a goat rising up from its back, a tail with a snake's head at the end, and it breathes fire.

Some ancient writings claim that this myth rose from Mount Chimera in Çıralı in southwestern Turkey that has been on fire for at least 2,500 years. The dozen or so Yanartaş fires are fueled by methane gas come up through natural vents.

For hundreds of years, sailors used the flames as a landmark to navigate, but today they are more often used by hikers to brew tea.


Photo: Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany, CC BY-SA 2.0 -\_eternal\_fires\_of\_Chimera\_in\_Lycia\_where\_the\_myth\_of\_the\_Chimera\_takes\_place,\_Mount\_Chimaera,\_Yanarta%C5%9F,\_Turkey\_(12834951845).jpg

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