Salt mine in the Danakil Depression - Ethiopia

We drive to the salt mine
We drive to the salt mine.
We arrived to the salt mine, the camel meets us
We arrived to the salt mine, the camel meets us.
Countless caravans have been coming here and mining the salt for centuries, and they still do it today
Countless caravans have been coming here and mining the salt for centuries, and they still do it today.
Camels ready to be loaded
Camels ready to be loaded.
Camel has caught a moment to rest from its hard work
Camel has caught a moment to rest from its hard work.
An empty white space formed after the salt slab has been removed
An empty white space formed after the salt slab has been removed.
Danakil salt desert
Danakil salt desert.
Afar worker uses axe to break the salt crust
Afar worker uses axe to break the salt crust.
Empty donkeys, ready to be loaded up with salt blocks
Empty donkeys, ready to be loaded up with salt blocks.
I came to the most distant group of salt miners with the purpose to hand out eye drops for them
I came to the most distant group of salt miners with the purpose to hand out eye drops for them.
Empty camels, ready to be loaded up with salt blocks
Empty camels, ready to be loaded up with salt blocks.
Waiting the arrival of camels, crews are working to extract precious tiles of salt from the ground
Waiting the arrival of camels, crews are working to extract precious tiles of salt from the ground.
Using homemade tools, they remove the mud layer and then carve the slab into a nice square block
Using homemade tools, they remove the mud layer and then carve the slab into a nice square block.
Salt miner uses an axe, because the crust of salt should be cut into large slabs
Salt miner uses an axe, because the crust of salt should be cut into large slabs.
One salt miner has received eye drops from me and carefully examines the contents
One salt miner has received eye drops from me and carefully examines the contents.
Afar worker uses long sticks to lift up large slabs
Afar worker uses long sticks to lift up large slabs.
Working with sticks, the worker can lift the big slab of salt
Working with sticks, the worker can lift the big slab of salt.
Salt mine
Salt mine.
The camels look very docile when walking around, loaded or not
The camels look very docile when walking around, loaded or not.
Once on the camels, the salt will be sent to various markets in Ethiopia
Once on the camels, the salt will be sent to various markets in Ethiopia.
Father and son work together
Father and son work together.
The tiles of salt are stacked, tied and prepared for transport
The tiles of salt are stacked, tied and prepared for transport.
Donkeys are not the first choice in the desert, but when you run out of camels, they are better than nothing
Donkeys are not the first choice in the desert, but when you run out of camels, they are better than nothing.
Salt blocks will be loaded on the camels
Salt blocks will be loaded on the camels.
During the next rainy season the salt flats will be completely flooded
During the next rainy season the salt flats will be completely flooded.
Salt miners
Salt miners.
One camel and few donkeys are ready for the salt transportation
One camel and few donkeys are ready for the salt transportation.
Salt flats in the Danakil Depression
Salt flats in the Danakil Depression.
Salt plain in the Danakil Depression
Salt plain in the Danakil Depression.
A salt plain is a flat area of ground covered with salt and other minerals
A salt plain is a flat area of ground covered with salt and other minerals.
We are on the way from the salt mine to the salt lake
We are on the way from the salt mine to the salt lake.
We saw today the Dallol volcano and the salt canyon, Yellow lake and the salt mine, soon we will see the salt lake
We saw today the Dallol volcano and the salt canyon, Yellow lake and the salt mine, soon we will see the salt lake.