Dallol

Dallol

The alien-like landscape of the Ethiopian Dallol.

Dallol is a volcanic explosion crater (or maar) in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range in Ethiopia. In 1926, massive Phreatic eruptions(1) took place here in 1926, forming Dallol Volcano, numerous other eruption craters dot the salt flats nearby. These craters are the lowest known subaerial volcanic vents in the world, at over 45 m (150 ft) below sea level. Numerous hot springs are discharging brine and acidic liquid here. Widespread are small, temporary geysers which are forming cones of salt. The area resembles the hot springs areas of the famous Yellowstone Park.

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