Yanartaş, which has not been extinguished for centuries, has been declared a ‘sensitive area to be protected’


Making a statement about his work in 2017, Prof. Dr. Yağmurlu told the secret of Yanartaş that has not been extinguished for centuries as follows:

“There was a sign of natural gas in this region and it started to burn with the effect of lightning and lightning in ancient times, maybe with the effect of people at that time. Of course, this fire shows that there is a very important natural gas leak in this region. This is most likely a leak caused by gas leaking to the earth’s surface from an underground gas field. Underground natural gas leaks from its bed under pressure through cracks in the rocks and reaches the surface. In this way, we can see it as fire. In the Çıralı region, there are 15-20 similar natural gas outlets that constantly burn by themselves. Its position in the geological structure of the Eastern Mediterranean is also very important. Because in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the south of Cyprus, Israel has found natural gas deposits in the basin we call the Levante basin in recent years. After these natural gas deposits were found, the importance of the Eastern Mediterranean region increased even more in terms of natural gas and oil. We tried to deal with the natural gas in the Çıralı region from this perspective. Because the natural gas in the Çıralı basin, which we know as the Finike- Kaş Town Basin, is connected with the Reverse Ground Basin. We think that the origin of the natural gas in the Çıralı region is the sediments of the Reverse Ground Basin that fills the Kaş Town Finike Basin. Because the Antalya ophiolites (green rock assemblage) here are superimposed on the sediments of the Reverse Ground Basin in the Finike-Kaş Town Basin. This natural gas comes out of the ophiolite.


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