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 Ethiopia. Danakil desert

Photo credit: Gene Bartley
Source: Gene Bartley


Rock formations in the Danakil desert. The 137,000 sq km (53,000 sq mi) desert is an active tectonic area, rising from below sea level to more than 2000m (6500 ft). It is the hottest area on earth, at more than 40° C (104° F).