Look at these amaz­ing land­scapes! Where do you think these land­scapes are locat­ed? These are not shots from a dis­tant plan­et, not stills from a fea­ture film, and not pho­to­shopped. So, meet Dal­lol in Ethiopia — the most amaz­ing and unusu­al vol­cano on Earth.

dallol volcano

Entry relat­ed to place: Africa

It is locat­ed in the north­east of Ethiopia, in the Afar region, name­ly in the Danakil depres­sion, 48 meters below sea lev­el. The Dal­lol vol­cano is sur­round­ed by nat­ur­al sul­fur hills that reach a height of 60 meters. Look at this ethe­re­al col­or palette! White, yel­low, turquoise and red col­ors are the result of col­or­ing with var­i­ous potas­si­um salt ions. The fact is that Dal­lol fell silent after the erup­tion and explo­sion in 1926, and a sol­id lake of acid formed in the crater of the vol­cano. The con­stant release of gas gives this place a mys­ti­cal atmos­phere, rem­i­nis­cent of the breath­ing of space mon­sters. With such a palette of col­ors, Dal­lol deserved­ly enters the list of the bright­est places on the plan­et.

dallol in ethiopia
Locals give this vol­canic crater even more mys­tery. They tell leg­ends that Dal­lol is the gate­way to hell. Alleged­ly, the wrath of God throws all unbe­liev­ers and sin­ners into this abyss, which swal­lows them up. This is not hard to believe when you know that the aver­age aver­age tem­per­a­ture is close to 40 degrees Cel­sius and the sum­mer tem­per­a­ture nev­er drops below 45 degrees. Local set­tlers are con­sid­ered the keep­ers of the vol­cano. They are said to be very aggres­sive about any­one who intrudes into their lives, and can be extreme­ly cru­el in this.

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Sci­en­tists explain the unique shape of the Dal­lol vol­cano by the erup­tion of basaltic mag­ma direct­ly under the body of the vol­cano. Its perime­ter is about 1.5 x 3 km. The vol­cano is locat­ed on top of a large lay­er of mil­len­ni­al deposits. The area is rich in deposits of potas­si­um salts. Min­er­al springs erupt approx­i­mate­ly 1,000 tons of salt per year. Camel car­a­vans sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly trans­port carved rec­tan­gu­lar slabs of the earth­’s crust for fur­ther pro­cess­ing.

Tourists are also forced to trav­el to the Dal­lol vol­cano by car­a­van — there is sim­ply no oth­er option. How­ev­er, you should not for­get that this place is a rather dan­ger­ous attrac­tion. The sur­round­ings of the vol­cano are unin­hab­it­ed — this is the most dis­tant place from any civ­i­liza­tion.