Danakil Depression

Ethiopia - Northern Ethiopia

Danakil is one of the world’s lowest-lying places, and it officially ranks as the hottest inhabited place on earth, with an average daily maximum of 41°C.

Much of the region comprises sun-cracked salt-flats that stretch like blinding-white crazy paving towards a shimmering flat horizon. The high level of tectonic activity means that more than 30 active volcanoes project from this stretch Great Rift Valley floor. These include the iconic Erta Ale, which has hosted a permanent lava flow since the late 19th century, and the Dallol Crater with its sulphurous pools enclosed by strange pastel-hued crystalline formations.

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