Land of Sand, Salt and Fire

Land of Sand, Salt and Fire

Perhaps the hottest place on earth, photographer Luke Duggleby captures this mystical area in Ethiopia. The Danakil Depression in north-eastern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea looks like a place straight out of a science fiction novel.

Located at a tectonic plate triple junction The Danakil Depression is one of earth’s most active volcanic areas.
Due to this volcanic activity the floor of the depression is composed of lava, mostly basalt. The continuous process of volcanism results in the occurrence of major minerals including potash, sulfur, salt, bentonite, and gypsum. This can be seen in the incredible colours of Dallol. In addition to this are active volcanoes continuously spurting lava, the most active of which is called Erte Ale.
Dallol currently holds the record for the highest average temperature for an inhabited location on planet. It is an extremely remote region with no roads made even more inaccessible by the danger of armed militia from Eritrea that as recently as January 2012 killed and wounded a group of tourists on the rim of Erte Ale.


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  1. Tsinat

    April 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    beautiful picture…more reason 2 b a proud eritrean!

  2. Dalol

    April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Dear Tsinat, Happy that you are proud of being Eritrean and agree that it is beautiful, only that it is in Ethiopia. Dalol in Afar Region!

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