Dallol volcanic hot springs, Ethiopia

In a remote area in northern Ethiopia there is a special and beautiful natural phenomenon. Dallol volcanic hot springs and salt lakes are come in unconventional colors. As a part of the Danakil Depression which is located at the junction of three tectonic plates that move apart from each oter at a rate of 1-2 cm per year!
As a result of the extensive tectonic activity and the large number of volcanoes in the area, ok but, why the vivid & special colors? The secret is actually the combination of the desert salt that exists there, the numerous hot springs and the fact that the earth’s crust releases chemical compounds such as iron oxide and sulfur.
Fun fact about the area –  it is the warmest inhabited place on earth.

on google maps:

More on Wikipedia: Dallol

Next photo By Waltatekie [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wiki Commons

Dallol volcanic hot springs, Ethiopia

Dallol volcanic hot springs, Ethiopia

Leave a Reply