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Danakil Desert, Ethiopia

From series “Top 11 dangerous spots for adrenaline-seekers”
The Danakil Desert located in Ethiopia is incredibly popular among tourists, although it possesses threat. This desert is one of the hottest and most lifeless in the world. That’s a huge volcanic wasteland, in the territory of which the land has melted underfoot. The main feature of the dangerous desert is the almost complete absence of breathable oxygen in its territory. The air here is burnt and is filled with poisonous gases, so people can only be in certain areas of the desert for a very short time without risking their lives.

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia Many researchers believe that even a short stay in the Danakil Desert can affect health. The reason for this is a high concentration of poisoning vapors of sulfur that is complemented with the most adverse effects. The air temperature in the desert rarely falls below 50 degrees Celsius. In addition, that’s the volcanically active area, and that increases the risk.

The Danakil Desert is quite large, its area is about 100 000 square km. Travelers are attracted to these places by unique Martian landscapes, which are formed by the salt deposits, as well as a lake full of sulfuric acid and oil. A possibility to admire this landscape for a few minutes is fraught with great danger. Scorching sun, sultry air saturated with sulfur vapor, the constant threat of volcanic eruptions, and the aggressive-minded natives living on the fringes of the desert are only a few of the threats that await travelers at this place. Next - Port Moresby


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