On the Road to Azerbaijan: The Promise of the Great Silk Road for Eurasia depends upon the crossroads at Azerbaijan. Elshad Nassirov, SOCAR www.socar.az

Aug 03, 05:42 AM

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(Photo: The Burning Mountain (Yanar dag)[edit]

Main article: Yanar dag

The burning mountain is an unknown origin historical monument located in the Absheron Peninsula, near Baku, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, in the village of Mahammedi, occurred as a result of the released natural gas at the foot of the mountain.[6]

Yanar dag in Azerbaijan

The location is 27 km away from the city center of Baku, and about 2 km away from the village center, on the left side of the Mahammedi-Digah highway.

The flame in this area has been resulted from the burning of natural gas flowing to the surface from the underground oil and gas storing layers through cracks that was caused by volcanic-tectonic movements and processes. Sometimes, the height of flame reaches 10–15 meters.

By the Decree of the Azerbaijani President dated May 2, 2007, the territory of the "Burning Mountain" was declared to be state-cultural and nature preservation. The territory of this area is 64.55 hectares. This area includes the ‘’Gurd yuvasi’’, two cemeteries with age of thousand years and an ancient mosque, Gothursu fount, Ali Stone, Kardashi, Girmaki valley and Yanar dag.[7][8])

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On the Road to Azerbaijan: The Promise of the Great Silk Road for Eurasia depends upon the crossroads at Azerbaijan. Elshad Nassirov, SOCAR www.socar.az