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Afar Depression, Djibouti

From series “Amazing Land Areas Below the Sea Level”
Deepness: 155 meters.

The tiny country Djibouti, whose almost entire territory is the desert, is a site of the Afar Valley - the second-lowest valley on Earth. It is located 155 meters below sea level and has the variable depth that depends on the shore line of Lake Assal. The shores of the lake are the deepest in Africa. The nearby Tajur Golf feeds the water basin with the underground streams even in the drought.

Frequently, Afar Valley is considered as a single whole with nearby Denakil Tiefland. They belong to the unified natural formation. Only the border between two African states - Ethiopia and Djibouti divides these valleys. The numerous sea and lake deposits attract many researchers to this area. It is the worthless material that can throw on developmental features of sea fauna.

The hike through the deepest depression in Africa is also interesting for the tourists. You can graze on the most beautiful mountain chains, the active Dubbi volcano and the unique tectonic steps, which are located on the bottom of the valley. Travelers traveling to this area should take into account that Afar Valley is one of the hottest places in the world. The air temperature here seldom drops below 30 degrees, and the high mountains protect the valley from damp winds, which makes the air in Afar very dry. In a sense, these climatic conditions make the hike through the valley relatively easy. In the high humidity the visit of the strange landscapes would be less comfortable. Next - Depression Bentley

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