The Eternal Flame Falls is basically a small waterfall located at Coordinates: 42°42.1059’0″N 78°45.1025’0″W in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of the Chestnut Ridge Park in New York. A small grotto at the waterfall’s base emits natural gas, which can be lit to produce a small flame. This flame is visible near year round. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

The gas comes from a shale formation about 400 meters below the surface – a result of “natural fracking”, where tectonic events have shifted underlying rocks and caused the gas to escape. While it would be a shame to eradicate the flame, the researchers who have studied it rightly point out that it could be tapped for gas – without the need to resort to artificial fracking.