For the first time in modern history, a team of cavers from the Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) descended to the bottom of the legendary Barhout well. This natural miracle, feared by many locals, has long been considered a prison for geniuses.
Locals call it “the well of hell”. It is located in the Al-Mahra desert of Yemen. The formation is approximately 30 meters wide and 112 meters deep. For centuries, rumors and legends have been passed down from generation to generation about evil spirits known as genies who supposedly live in this “hellish abyss”, writes AFP.
Inside the well, the research team found only snakes, dead animals, and cave pearls. “There were snakes, but they don’t touch you if you don’t bother them. We felt that this project would be a new miracle and part of Yemen’s history,” said Mohammed al-Kindi, professor of geology at the German University of Technology in Oman.
Last summer, the Yemeni authorities assured that they did not know about the contents of the well, which is “millions” of years old. “We went to inspect the area and went down into the well, but we only reached a depth of 50-60 meters. Inside, we observed strange things. Much is not clear,” explained General Director Salah Babkhair, head of the local government in charge of geological exploration and mineral resources.
According to al-Kindi, scientists collected samples of water, stones, soil and some dead animals from the well. After they have been studied, the researchers will share their findings.