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Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

From series “Amazing Land Areas Below the Sea Level”
Deepness: 125 meters.

Danakil Valley, which is located in Ethiopia, is also often referred to as 'Danakil Desert'. The valley is located in the unique spot - on the border of three large tectonic plates: the African, the Indian and the Arabic. Danakil desert is considered to be the most dangerous and most damaging in the world. The poisonous landscapes scare fear and hide many dangers. The exit points of the toxic gases, the constantly erupting volcanoes and sulphurous water, all together forming the terrible landscapes - it is only part of the natural formations that can be seen at the depth of 125 meters below sea level.

Danakil Depression, Ethiopia The incredibly hot and lifeless desert was discovered in 1928 by a group of travelers led by Tullio Pastori. The courageous travelers have overcome the wasteland on foot. To this day, no one has succeeded in repeating their heroic deed. The desert district was regularly visited by the curious tourist groups. In one of the hottest parts of the world, you can see the unique lava lake Erta ale, which has been continuously boiled and lava pits have been spreading for several thousand years.

On the sinking criterion is Dalol volcano, whose surface and the surrounding landscapes were colored by the sulfuric acid into the incredible exotic colors. Not far away is the saltyest lake in the world - Assal, whose shores are covered with the salinings, and are simply wonderful in the rays of the glowing desert. After researching the rocks from the valley, the scientists have found that it has formed more than three million years ago. Next - Death Valley

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Danakil Depression - interactive map

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