Dallol, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Temperatures approach the high 30’s and into the ’40s with regularity, but didn’t quite get there while I visited. Suffice to say, I was pleased it didn’t reach its record; over 50 degrees, in this intriguing landscape – 120m below sea-level. Its good to visit in December…average high temperature…36.7 degrees.

Colours from sulphur, copper, potassium, and chlorine; heated, dissolved and refined, result in not only the dramatically encrusted landscape, but their vaporising also takes your breath away……dip your hands in a blood-temperature oily ‘ potash lake ‘…..there’s a lot going on here….

 

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