There’s nothing mild about the Danakil Depression. The color, the temperatures, the surrounding landscape — it’s all hardcore. It all started with the divergence of three tectonic plates, and now we’re here. Earning the title of one of the world’s harshest landscapes, this unique place clocks in an average yearly temperature of 94 degrees fahrenheit. In between breaks of wiping sweat off your forehead, you’ll be able to enjoy the views of colorful hydrothermal pools and otherworldly-looking salt lakes.
You’re looking at one of the world’s harshest landscapes. Pretty to look at but semi-terrifying to touch, Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, located in Dallol, is quite literally the hottest place on Earth (and one of the Earth’s most colorful places!). Crusty salt lakes and multicolor hydrothermal pools might distract you from the fact that the average yearly temperature is nearly 94 degrees fahrenheit.
You’ll wonder whether being the ham in a heat sandwich has finally got to you at the sulfur hot springs of Dallol. With serious warmth coming from the sun above and the springs below, you might be confused as to whether the vibrant colors of this alien landscape are the work of nature or heatstroke. Let me assure you that it’s (almost definitely) the former. Name a color of the rainbow, and these springs will likely serve it up. The vibrant yellows, reds, blues and greens more than make up for the unmistakable tang of rotten egg offered up by the sulfur, which takes a good hour to get used to. Make sure your camera batteries are charged for this photographer’s paradise.
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