Located in the northeastern part of the country in Ethiopian Great Rift Valley roof with several points of below sea level; the Denakil/Dallol depression has a reputation as one of the earth’s most inhospitable but interesting and outstanding place.

Temperature can hit 50c, and with its underling continental crust pulled thin, as part of the rift valley system and it’s peppered with countless colorful sulphurous springs and an astonishing quarter of Africa’s active volcanoes.

Ethiopia's Danakil Desert is home to one of planet earth's most extreme environments and has been dubbed the 'cruellest place on Earth'.With violent volcanoes, blistering air temperatures, gases and land masses being ripped apart by enormous planetary forces, it's an unlikely tourism hotspot but that's exactly what it's becoming.

In the Afar region, the huge Arabian tectonic plate is pulling away from a new rift dividing the African Plate in two. The colossal divide - which sees massive shelves under the surface of the Earth gradually separate - is causing two new 'incipient' plates to form, which scientists now call the Somali Plate and the Nubian Plate.

The results are tremors and volcanic activity as gaps appear along the rift - allowing lava deep inside the planet to spew to the surface. And one bout of sightseeing includes the incredible Erta Ale volcano. As a continually erupting volcano it casts a spectacular image across the sky.Looking like a scene of biblical destruction one of its pits known as the 'gateway to hell'

Another destination allows sightseers to take in a massive sulphuric lake. Nicknamed Yellow Lake by Africans - because of the striking colour - the phenomenon is caused by high sulphur in the volcanically active region.And nearby are incredible salt plains. With little life there - because the salt kills vegetation - it make Danakil seem even more extra-terrestrial.

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