Dec 9, 2009 – Sulfur volcanic landscape, Dallol, Danakil Desert, Ethiopia – Radius Images / Corbis
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The Danakil Desert lies in north-eastern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea and much of Djibouti. The homeland of the Afar people, it is known for its heat and for the Afar Depression, lying up to 100 m below sea level. The Danakil Desert’s main industry is salt mining, while it is also home to wildlife, including African Wild Asses.
Dallol is a volcanic explosion crater (or maar) in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range in Ethiopia. It was formed during a phreatic eruption in 1926, and numerous other similar craters dot the salt flats nearby. These craters are the lowest known subaerial volcanic vents in the world, at over 45 m (150 ft) below sea level.
The term Dallol was coined by the Afar people and means dissolution or disintegration describing a landscape made up of green acid ponds (pH-values less than 1) iron oxide, sulfur and salt desert plains. The area resembles the hot springs areas of Yellowstone Park but appears to be more wide-stretching.
- Residents of the hottest place on Earth are notoriously combative.
Who are they?
- This psychedelic landscape is part of the only volcanic chain below sea level.
Want to see more?
- Between the volcanoes, the heat, and the 450-mile salt plain, this region doesn’t see a lot of visitors.
Would you vacation here?
- Some have called this the “cruelest place on Earth.”
Where is it?