Erta Ale

The Danakil is a tectonic triple-junction where the spreading ridges that form the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden emerge on land and meet Africa’s Great Rift Valley.It is still being slowly but surely pulled apart at the rate of about 1 to 2 cm a year and some scientists say we are standing on the site of what, 10 million years from now, will be a new ocean that splits the African continent in two.The landscape is a mixture of brilliant yellows and oranges and blues. Just 500 tourists visit it each year.The active Erta Ale volcano. The cruelest place on earth, perhaps. A spectacular, beautiful, harsh place of endless desert, fiery volcanoes and baking heat. Yet for the Afar, for thousands of years, it has provided the backdrop for everyday life.


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