ESA’s Sentinel-1B captured Danakil Depression in false color image.

Credit: ESA

The Danakil Depression is the northern part of the Afar Depression in Ethiopia at about 125m below sea level, a geological depression that has resulted from the divergence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa. Dallol, to the north of Semera in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, is frequently cited as one of the hottest inhabited places on Earth. Dallol as an avearage of 34.4C year-round, and the area receiving just 100–200 mm rainfall a year, conditions are thought to be amongst the most inhospitable in the world.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Northeast Ethiopia (Earth from Space, ESA)
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