Dallol in the Danakil Depression - Ethiopia

We meet numerous caravans of donkeys on our way from the Hamed Ela village to Dallol
We meet numerous caravans of donkeys on our way from the Hamed Ela village to Dallol.
One more caravan of donkeys on our way from the Hamed Ela camp to the Dallol volcano
One more caravan of donkeys on our way from the Hamed Ela camp to the Dallol volcano.
The road to Dallol impressed me by the number of camels which is equal to infinity
The road to Dallol impressed me by the number of camels which is equal to infinity.
What is the number of these camels? I guess, you may count several hundred of them only on this photo
What is the number of these camels? I guess, you may count several hundred of them only on this photo.
Countless camels and donkeys do their job together
Countless camels and donkeys do their job together.
Endless camel trains on our way to Dallol
Endless camel trains on our way to Dallol.
White salt plain on our way to Dallol
White salt plain on our way to Dallol.
Donkey drivers
Donkey drivers.
An exhilarating trip to Dallol in the Danakil desert is full of inspiring discoveries
An exhilarating trip to Dallol in the Danakil desert is full of inspiring discoveries.
Following the salt caravans in the Danakil desert
Following the salt caravans in the Danakil desert.
As usually the herd of the donkeys is located in front of the camel train
As usually the herd of the donkeys is located in front of the camel train.
Camel train
Camel train.
Puddle on the road is filled with the salt water
Puddle on the road is filled with the salt water.
Salt plain with a Lunar landscape, one may see the camel caravan in the distance
Salt plain with a Lunar landscape, one may see the camel caravan in the distance.
Tough roads to travel but the sights of the Danakil Desert landscapes are unutterable and overwhelming
Tough roads to travel but the sights of the Danakil Desert landscapes are unutterable and overwhelming.
The first natural formation made of soil and crystallised salt I've ever seen in my life
The first natural formation made of soil and crystallised salt I've ever seen in my life.
Some of the natural formations made of soil and crystallised salt are located by the road to Dallol
Some of the natural formations made of soil and crystallised salt are located by the road to Dallol.
Lunar road diverged in this place
Lunar road diverged in this place.
Lunar landscape and the road
Lunar landscape and the road.
We asked our drivers to stop near the natural formations made of soil and crystallised salt
We asked our drivers to stop near the natural formations made of soil and crystallised salt.
Dried puddle consists of crystallised salt
Dried puddle consists of crystallised salt.
This natural formation was created through an erosion process in the Danakil desert
This natural formation was created through an erosion process in the Danakil desert.
Road is laid between the salt natural formations in the Danakil desert
Road is laid between the salt natural formations in the Danakil desert.
Lunar road in the salt plain
Lunar road in the salt plain.
Afar guards haven't forgotten to take the water
Afar guards haven't forgotten to take the water.
We have arrived at Dallol volcano - it is a 60 m high hill rising from the salt plain
We have arrived at Dallol volcano - it is a 60 m high hill rising from the salt plain.
Dallol is a formation caused by volcanic activity deep under the thick crust of salt
Dallol is a formation caused by volcanic activity deep under the thick crust of salt.
Unforgettable Dallol is one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth
Unforgettable Dallol is one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth.
Afar security guard poses for me
Afar security guard poses for me.
Dallol volcano is located in the Danakil Depression and is one of the most remote places on Earth
Dallol volcano is located in the Danakil Depression and is one of the most remote places on Earth.
I am located on the Dallol mountain which rises 60m above the surrounding salt plains and has approximate dimensions of 1.5 x 3 km
I am located on the Dallol mountain which rises 60m above the surrounding salt plains and has approximate dimensions of 1.5 x 3 km.
Dallol is nested on top of an at least 1000 m thick layer of potash (potassium salt) reserves
Dallol is nested on top of an at least 1000 m thick layer of potash (potassium salt) reserves.
Dallol mountain is thought to have been formed as the result of intrusion of a basaltic magma body underneath
Dallol mountain is thought to have been formed as the result of intrusion of a basaltic magma body underneath.
–°ircular depression near the center of Dallol mountain is presumably a collapsed crater
–°ircular depression near the center of Dallol mountain is presumably a collapsed crater.
Dallol is a volcanic explosion crater in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range
Dallol is a volcanic explosion crater in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range.
Dallol has been formed by the intrusion of basaltic magma in Miocene salt deposits and subsequent hydrothermal activity
Dallol has been formed by the intrusion of basaltic magma in Miocene salt deposits and subsequent hydrothermal activity.
Only few years ago this place was the kingdom of colors, but it is completely dehydrated now
Only few years ago this place was the kingdom of colors, but it is completely dehydrated now.
Phreatic eruptions took place here in 1926, forming Dallol Volcano, numerous other eruption craters dot the salt flats nearby
Phreatic eruptions took place here in 1926, forming Dallol Volcano, numerous other eruption craters dot the salt flats nearby.
The most recent major activity of the Dallol volcano was in October 2004
The most recent major activity of the Dallol volcano was in October 2004.
Guards did not want to wait until we ask them to pose, and started the photo session themselves
Guards did not want to wait until we ask them to pose, and started the photo session themselves.
Afar security guard with an assault rifle is under the spindrift clouds
Afar security guard with an assault rifle is under the spindrift clouds.
Dallol volcano area is the hottest inhabited place on Earth, you can experience an unbearable heat here
Dallol volcano area is the hottest inhabited place on Earth, you can experience an unbearable heat here.
Danakil Depression is located in what is effectively a northerly extension of the East African Rift Zone
Danakil Depression is located in what is effectively a northerly extension of the East African Rift Zone.
Dallol Volcano is one of the most unusual and fabulous places on Earth
Dallol Volcano is one of the most unusual and fabulous places on Earth.
Danakil Depression lies in the gap resulting from gradual separation of the Danakil horst from the Ethiopian Plateau
Danakil Depression lies in the gap resulting from gradual separation of the Danakil horst from the Ethiopian Plateau.
Since the area lies up to 120 m below sea level, it has been repeatedly flooded from the Red Sea
Since the area lies up to 120 m below sea level, it has been repeatedly flooded from the Red Sea.
Presumably the area was last separated from the Red Sea around 30000 years ago when volcanic activity created a barrier to sea entry
Presumably the area was last separated from the Red Sea around 30000 years ago when volcanic activity created a barrier to sea entry.
Following each flooding episode, partial or complete evaporation of the sea-water resulted in thick deposits of salt
Following each flooding episode, partial or complete evaporation of the sea-water resulted in thick deposits of salt.
Salt deposits in the Dallol area include significant bodies of potash in the form of Sylvite, Carnallite and Kainite
Salt deposits in the Dallol area include significant bodies of potash in the form of Sylvite, Carnallite and Kainite.
Dallol is considered as one of the most colourful places on Earth
Dallol is considered as one of the most colourful places on Earth.
This is the only volcano in the world below the sea level and without water over it
This is the only volcano in the world below the sea level and without water over it.
These unique phenomenon has been created by a rare coincidence of several geological factors
These unique phenomenon has been created by a rare coincidence of several geological factors.
The geology of Afar Region is very unusual - the crust of Earth here is slowly spreading in three directions
The geology of Afar Region is very unusual - the crust of Earth here is slowly spreading in three directions.
Deposits cannot be accounted for by simple evaporation of seawater
Deposits cannot be accounted for by simple evaporation of seawater.
Nowadays Danakil Depression is dry desert
Nowadays Danakil Depression is dry desert.
Vapour, explosions and maars
Vapour, explosions and maars.
The salts of Danakil Depression are white or transparent
The salts of Danakil Depression are white or transparent.
Most colourful place on Earth?
Most colourful place on Earth?
Crater is filled with small ponds of sulphuric acid in different colors
Crater is filled with small ponds of sulphuric acid in different colors.
Are we on Earth?
Are we on Earth?
Additional effect is created by the unbearable heat
Additional effect is created by the unbearable heat.
But no - we are not on another planet, Dallol is a part of human Earth
But no - we are not on another planet, Dallol is a part of human Earth.
Most likely Dallol will never turn into mass tourist site - it is too hot and too remote
Most likely Dallol will never turn into mass tourist site - it is too hot and too remote.
The characteristic yellow, amber, green and red colours are the results of sulphur and potassium salts coloured by various ions
The characteristic yellow, amber, green and red colours are the results of sulphur and potassium salts coloured by various ions.
The Dallol deposits include significant bodies of potash found directly at the surface
The Dallol deposits include significant bodies of potash found directly at the surface.
The immense layer of salts and the colourful iron compounds and sulphur are blended by the countless hot springs
The immense layer of salts and the colourful iron compounds and sulphur are blended by the countless hot springs.
Ponds are divided by salt - and often this salt is white as snow, but also - green, orange, yellow
Ponds are divided by salt - and often this salt is white as snow, but also - green, orange, yellow.
Green hot springs on the Dallol mountain
Green hot springs on the Dallol mountain.
Green ponds contain acid water
Green ponds contain acid water.
Salt geysers
Salt geysers.
Salt geyser has a strange shape - it looks like a ghost looking up in the sky
Salt geyser has a strange shape - it looks like a ghost looking up in the sky.
Here have formed rimstone formations - small stone dams
Here have formed rimstone formations - small stone dams.
This mysterious geyser constantly erupts the sulphuric acid
This mysterious geyser constantly erupts the sulphuric acid.
The erupted brine is very hot and quickly evaporates
The erupted brine is very hot and quickly evaporates.
It is impossible to breathe here because of the acidic vapors
It is impossible to breathe here because of the acidic vapors.
I“ve left my new respirator in the car thinking it is not for this place, I”ve thought I should use it on the Erta Ale volcano only
I“ve left my new respirator in the car thinking it is not for this place, I”ve thought I should use it on the Erta Ale volcano only.
Dallol is the World's most weirdest volcanic crater
Dallol is the World's most weirdest volcanic crater.
Solidified salt crystals formed a bizarre shape
Solidified salt crystals formed a bizarre shape.
If you want to experience an alien landscape it is not necessary to travel to another planet
If you want to experience an alien landscape it is not necessary to travel to another planet.
Looking at this amazing scenery, one can easily ask - Are we still on Earth?
Looking at this amazing scenery, one can easily ask - Are we still on Earth?
Dallol volcano is a not-of-this-world place
Dallol volcano is a not-of-this-world place.
Many people from our group told me that in this 2015 year Dallol looks very discolored
Many people from our group told me that in this 2015 year Dallol looks very discolored.
Green and white hot springs are very young, while dark red and brown hot springs are old
Green and white hot springs are very young, while dark red and brown hot springs are old.
Crater of the Dallol volcano represents a riot of colors
Crater of the Dallol volcano represents a riot of colors.
This spectacular environment was created by the nature with the help of sulphur and salt formations
This spectacular environment was created by the nature with the help of sulphur and salt formations.
Dallol is the pure Martian landscape
Dallol is the pure Martian landscape.
A group of researchers from Addis Ababa
A group of researchers from Addis Ababa.
A researcher is going to take an acid sample
A researcher is going to take an acid sample.
This source with a gurgling sulfuric acid will let the researcher to collect the sample
This source with a gurgling sulfuric acid will let the researcher to collect the sample.
Researcher from the Addis Ababa laboratory takes the sample of acid from the source
Researcher from the Addis Ababa laboratory takes the sample of acid from the source.
Unlike me, this employee from Addis Ababa has not forgotten to wear a respirator
Unlike me, this employee from Addis Ababa has not forgotten to wear a respirator.
Brown colors remind me about the decreasing activity of the Dallol volcano in the nearest years
Brown colors remind me about the decreasing activity of the Dallol volcano in the nearest years.
One of the few places where you still can find the gurgling geysers
One of the few places where you still can find the gurgling geysers.
This is the place where I have recorded the sound of gurgling geyser
This is the place where I have recorded the sound of gurgling geyser.
When the geyser is “young”, the cone is in clear colors - white, yellow and green
When the geyser is “young”, the cone is in clear colors - white, yellow and green.
This landscape was not created by wind or water, but with the help of acid which bubbles up from the ground
This landscape was not created by wind or water, but with the help of acid which bubbles up from the ground.
Even though there are very few tourists in the Danakil
Even though there are very few tourists in the Danakil.
Of course, our guide said walking there was safe (as you know, everything is safe in Africa)
Of course, our guide said walking there was safe (as you know, everything is safe in Africa).
This is our guide Negasi
This is our guide Negasi.
This was one of the best trips I ever did
This was one of the best trips I ever did.
In January 2011 here took place heavy rainfall
In January 2011 here took place heavy rainfall.
Excursion to the Dallol volcano is unforgettable, the active geysers and surreal salt formations are amazing
Excursion to the Dallol volcano is unforgettable, the active geysers and surreal salt formations are amazing.
Hundreds of small geysers create a landscape made of surreal psychedelic colors and shapes
Hundreds of small geysers create a landscape made of surreal psychedelic colors and shapes.
Dallol is a real hell on Earth with the presence of toxic lakes
Dallol is a real hell on Earth with the presence of toxic lakes.
A tour to Dallol lets to discover a unique geological wonder in the world: a collapsed volcano
A tour to Dallol lets to discover a unique geological wonder in the world: a collapsed volcano.
What is impressive is not just the incredible colors and miracle shapes, but also how Dallol is different from the surrounding environment
What is impressive is not just the incredible colors and miracle shapes, but also how Dallol is different from the surrounding environment.
A journey to Dallol in the Danakil depression is an extraordinary experience
A journey to Dallol in the Danakil depression is an extraordinary experience.
The surrounding scenery is very impressive, it has the patterns of erosion I had never seen before
The surrounding scenery is very impressive, it has the patterns of erosion I had never seen before.
Dallol is an absolutely unbearable hell, but at the same time, so fascinating like the last paradise on Earth
Dallol is an absolutely unbearable hell, but at the same time, so fascinating like the last paradise on Earth.
The mineral formations are just as surreal as unbelievable
The mineral formations are just as surreal as unbelievable.
Flat salt formations
Flat salt formations.
A trip to Dallol is a unique experience featuring various otherworldly landscapes
A trip to Dallol is a unique experience featuring various otherworldly landscapes.
Sky blue salt formations
Sky blue salt formations.
Dallol is a world in danger
Dallol is a world in danger.
I've been around the globe and this place really stands out as the most different place I have ever been
I've been around the globe and this place really stands out as the most different place I have ever been.
These wonderful formations are the result of a work of geysers and fumaroles
These wonderful formations are the result of a work of geysers and fumaroles.