It is a 112-meter hole in the middle of the desert, unexplored, until a team of Omani cavers reached the bottom last week.

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Beyond the legend, in the middle of the desert of Oman, in Yemen, there is a hole 112 meters deep, 30 meters wide, which has just been explored for the first time in history thanks to a team of local spelunkers.

It is the Well of Barhout in Yemen, a wonder of nature. It is also known as the ‘ Well of Hell ‘. The stories say that it gives off strange smells, that there are geniuses, ghosts … and nobody gets too close. Until a week ago.

Inside, animals, and rocks. No geniuses or other legends, said Mohammed al-Kindi, a geology professor at the German University of Technology in Oman, and one of eight experienced cavers who rappelled down last week.

Images provided to AFP showed gray and lime green cave pearl and cave formations, formed by dripping water.

“We collected samples of water, rocks, soil, and some dead animals, like snakes, but we have yet to analyze them. There were dead birds, which creates some bad smells, but there was no overwhelming bad smell.”

“We noticed strange things inside. We also smelled something strange … It is a mysterious situation,” he added, but it may be due to the depth since it is not documented to know what to expect.