Cave Explorer Yemen Well of Hell Barhout Bottom
Yemen’s Well of Barhout, also know as the Well of Hell, is rumored by locals to contain genies and evil spirits, but a group of cave explorers got to the bottom of it, literally, to prove otherwise. This 100-foot wide hole in the desert floor of Yemen’s eastern province of Al-Mahra plunges 367-feet beneath the surface and the Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) discovered snakes, dead animals as well as cave pearls. Read more for a video and additional information.

The team may have not found anything supernatural, but they did collect samples of water, rocks, soil and some dead animals. Cave pearls are only exotic sounding, as they are actually small, almost spherical concretions of calcite that is formed in a pool of water in a cave that is not attached to the surface on which it forms.

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There were snakes, but they won’t bother you unless you bother them. Passion drove us to do this, and we felt that this is something that will reveal a new wonder and part of Yemeni history,” said Mohammed al-Kindi, a geology professor at the German University of Technology in Oman.