Cavers find snakes but no genies in Yemen’s ‘Well of Hell’

Yemen’s Well of Barhout, a 112-metre deep sinkhole in the desert which locals call the ‘Well of Hell’, had been largely unexplored until a team of Omani cavers reached the bottom last week.

A team of Omani cavers has made what is believed to be the first descent to the bottom of Yemen’s fabled Well of Barhout—a natural wonder shunned by many locals, who believe it is a prison for genies.

The forbidding ‘Well of Hell’, whose dark, round aperture…

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