Turkey Yanartas flame explained: Homer-inspiring mountain fire explanation (VIDEO).

Mystery of Eternal Flames in Turkey Solved (Video)

Mystery of Eternal Flames in Turkey Solved (Video)

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Oct. 26 2014 1:31 PM

Turkey’s “Burning Stone,” Explained

Why dozens of small fires burn at Yanartas.

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Near the Olympos valley in southwestern Turkey, fires have blazed for at least the past 2,500 years, perhaps inspiring the fire-breathing Chimera in Homer's Iliad. Now we know why.