The Hottest Place on Earth



Image: Luke Duggleby

Puddles of lime green water lie amidst an orange and rust colored crust riddled with strange mounds of pale blue salt. It’s a palette of different hues that might almost suggest paradise, and yet the sun beats down relentlessly on the blistered earth, while the pooled liquid’s beauty belies its extreme acidity. In a flash, notions of serenity evaporate in the face of nature’s conditions at their harshest and most unforgiving.


Image: Luke Duggleby

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is a truly challenging place to visit. The terrain is difficult, much of it looking as if it belongs to some distant, inhospitable planet. The temperature is oppressive too: an average of 34°C (94°F) year round makes this the hottest place on Earth. And the heat doesn’t only come from above.

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