Erta Ale volcano & Dallol (Ethiopia): Jan 2018 photos by Stefan Tommasini

Below you find a photo gallery with exceptional images captured by one of our very enthusiastic volcano adventurers, Stefan Tommassini (www.fotografie-mit-seele.de), during his travels to the Danakil desert with our Ethiopian volcanologist and expedition leader in January 2018. The photographs include aerial drone images of the colourful salt deposits, hydrothermal hot springs and acid ponds in Dallol as well as the lava lakes on both eruption sites on Erta Ale shield volcan; the summit caldera with the north and south craters and the flank eruption site which has been active since 20 January 2017. If you are interested in traveling to this exceptional part of our planet, check out our 14 days 'Desert, salt and volcanoes'expedition!
Aerial view of salt deposits and a large acid pond near Assale salt lake and Dallol (c)
Aerial view of salt deposits and a large acid pond near Assale salt lake and Dallol (c) [info]
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Yellow acid water bubbling up from a large hydrothermal pond near Dallol and Assale salt lake (c)
Yellow acid water bubbling up from a large hydrothermal pond near Dallol and Assale salt lake (c) [info]
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Sun set over a large acid hydrothermal pond and salt deposits near Dallol and Assale salt lake (c)
Sun set over a large acid hydrothermal pond and salt deposits near Dallol and Assale salt lake (c) [info]
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Aerial view of part of the colourful Dallol hydrothermal mineralisations, hot springs and salt deposits (c)
Aerial view of part of the colourful Dallol hydrothermal mineralisations, hot springs and salt depos... [info]
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Yellow salt crusts with green acid ponds and small geysirs at Dallol hydrothermal area (c)
Yellow salt crusts with green acid ponds and small geysirs at Dallol hydrothermal area (c) [info]
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Mineralisations that form from the hydrothermal waters build up small salt cones around the hot springs (c)
Mineralisations that form from the hydrothermal waters build up small salt cones around the hot spri... [info]
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The alien yellow, green and brown landscape of the hydrothermal deposits and acid ponds at Dallol (c)
The alien yellow, green and brown landscape of the hydrothermal deposits and acid ponds at Dallol (c... [info]
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The interaction of heated groundwater with local rocks, salts and chemicals from magma at depth has created this unique and colourful landscape of bizarre salt deposits and acid ponds (c)
The interaction of heated groundwater with local rocks, salts and chemicals from magma at depth has ... [info]
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Yellow-white salt deposits at the edge of a green acid pond in Dallol (c)
Yellow-white salt deposits at the edge of a green acid pond in Dallol (c) [info]
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The mineralisations that form from hot springs and acid ponds sometimes create these colourful salt terraces (c)
The mineralisations that form from hot springs and acid ponds sometimes create these colourful salt ... [info]
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Bizarre salt formation at Dallol hydrothermal area with yellow-green acid pond in the background (c)
Bizarre salt formation at Dallol hydrothermal area with yellow-green acid pond in the background (c) [info]
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Erosion has cut into the domed up salt layers at Dallol, making these natural canyons and pillars (c)
Erosion has cut into the domed up salt layers at Dallol, making these natural canyons and pillars (c... [info]
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Evening sun putting a golden hue on the salt layers of the irregularly eroded salt layers at Dallol (c)
Evening sun putting a golden hue on the salt layers of the irregularly eroded salt layers at Dallol ... [info]
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Aerial view of Dallol's salt canyons in the evening sun (c)
Aerial view of Dallol's salt canyons in the evening sun (c) [info]
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Aerial view of the large lava lake that has formed at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c)
Aerial view of the large lava lake that has formed at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c) [info]
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Cooled crusts gets consumed by actively boiling lava at the edge of the lake (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c)
Cooled crusts gets consumed by actively boiling lava at the edge of the lake (Erta Ale fissure erupt... [info]
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Fresh red hot lava covers the thin black crust of the lava lake (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c)
Fresh red hot lava covers the thin black crust of the lava lake (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c) [info]
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The lava lake's black crust is continuously renewed when liquid lava from below overflows and recycles it (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c)
The lava lake's black crust is continuously renewed when liquid lava from below overflows and recycl... [info]
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The lava lake at the Erta Ale fissure eruption is more like pond where on one side lava flows in whilst at this location lava is flowing out and continuing its travels underground (c)
The lava lake at the Erta Ale fissure eruption is more like pond where on one side lava flows in whi... [info]
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View into the cavity at the edge of the lake where the liquid lava flows into (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c)
View into the cavity at the edge of the lake where the liquid lava flows into (Erta Ale fissure erup... [info]
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Large pieces of crust break off and are dragged down with the lava that flows out of the lake at this end (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c)
Large pieces of crust break off and are dragged down with the lava that flows out of the lake at thi... [info]
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One of our local Afar policemen who accompany us everywhere around Erta Ale for safety reasons (c)
One of our local Afar policemen who accompany us everywhere around Erta Ale for safety reasons (c) [info]
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Beautiful ropes texture of cooled pahoehoe lava flow at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c)
Beautiful ropes texture of cooled pahoehoe lava flow at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c) [info]
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Fresher lava flows stand out in the landscape due to their silver hue and dark black crust (Erta Ale fissure eruption) (c)
Fresher lava flows stand out in the landscape due to their silver hue and dark black crust (Erta Ale... [info]
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View along one of the many cracks on Erta Ale's slopes which at one point opened up and erupted lava in a fissure type volcanic activity (c)
View along one of the many cracks on Erta Ale's slopes which at one point opened up and erupted lava... [info]
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Close up of part of an eruptive fissure on the slopes of Erta Ale shield volcano (c)
Close up of part of an eruptive fissure on the slopes of Erta Ale shield volcano (c) [info]
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View across part of the new and still active lava fields on Erta Ale's flank eruption site (c)
View across part of the new and still active lava fields on Erta Ale's flank eruption site (c) [info]
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Part of the large lava lake at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c)
Part of the large lava lake at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c) [info]
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Recently cooled black crust is overrun and consumed by red hot liquid lava that itself quickly cools and crusts over (Erta Ale fissure eruption site) (c)
Recently cooled black crust is overrun and consumed by red hot liquid lava that itself quickly cools... [info]
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Overview of the lava lake at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c)
Overview of the lava lake at Erta Ale's fissure eruption site (c) [info]
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Yellow sulphur deposits and actively degassing fumaroles on the edge of the north crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Yellow sulphur deposits and actively degassing fumaroles on the edge of the north crater in Erta Ale... [info]
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View of the large collapse crater that formed in the north crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera after magma drained away in January 2017 (c)
View of the large collapse crater that formed in the north crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera after... [info]
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View towards the north crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera where before January 2017 there was a large hornito that since completely collapsed (c)
View towards the north crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera where before January 2017 there was a lar... [info]
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Close up of the edge of the active lava lake now deep down in the south crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Close up of the edge of the active lava lake now deep down in the south crater of Erta Ale's summit ... [info]
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The famous lava lake in the south crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera is now 10s of meters below the rim after magma drained away and parts of the crater walls collapsed in January 2017 (c)
The famous lava lake in the south crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera is now 10s of meters below the... [info]
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Around the edge of the south crater there are a number of small vents from which volcanic gasses and a red glow escape (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
Around the edge of the south crater there are a number of small vents from which volcanic gasses and... [info]
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Some of the new vents around the south crater are forming small hornitos through lava spattering (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
Some of the new vents around the south crater are forming small hornitos through lava spattering (Er... [info]
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Lava spattering from small active vents along the edge of the partially collapsed south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Lava spattering from small active vents along the edge of the partially collapsed south crater in Er... [info]
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Close up of fresh piece of lava with iridescent colours and gas bubbles (c)
Close up of fresh piece of lava with iridescent colours and gas bubbles (c) [info]
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Older lava flows in Erta Ale's summit caldera have a dark brown colour and are partially coloured by amber-golden Pele's hair that collects into small cracks and depressions (c)
Older lava flows in Erta Ale's summit caldera have a dark brown colour and are partially coloured by... [info]
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Walking along the edge of the strongly degassing south pit in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Walking along the edge of the strongly degassing south pit in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c) [info]
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When degassing is temporarily less strong and the wind can carry away the gasses, the actively boiling lava lake at the bottom of the south crater is very spectacular (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
When degassing is temporarily less strong and the wind can carry away the gasses, the actively boili... [info]
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Sitting at the edge of the southern crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera, waiting for the gas to clear and to give us a glimpse of the active lava lake below (c)
Sitting at the edge of the southern crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera, waiting for the gas to clea... [info]
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Large explosions of gas bubbles in the active lava lake throw up spatter of red hot lava high above the lake's surface that is partially covered by volcanic gasses (Erta Ale south crater in the summit caldera) (c)
Large explosions of gas bubbles in the active lava lake throw up spatter of red hot lava high above ... [info]
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Night time red glow inside one of the small active vents around the south crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Night time red glow inside one of the small active vents around the south crater of Erta Ale's summi... [info]
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Ethiopian military and Afar policement escort walking across the vast lava flows in the summit caldera of Erta Ale (c)
Ethiopian military and Afar policement escort walking across the vast lava flows in the summit calde... [info]
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The lava's red glow reflected on the inner walls of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
The lava's red glow reflected on the inner walls of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c... [info]
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Great experience to observe and photograph the lava lake in the south crater during nighttime! (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
Great experience to observe and photograph the lava lake in the south crater during nighttime! (Erta... [info]
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Dramatic deep red glow rising up above the edge of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Dramatic deep red glow rising up above the edge of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c) [info]
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Daytime view across the south crater which has increased dramatically its diameter due to partial collapses and the new lava lake which is now much deeper than prior to the magma drainage (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
Daytime view across the south crater which has increased dramatically its diameter due to partial co... [info]
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Aerial view of the central part of the Erta Ale's summit caldera with the north crater (left), south crater (right) and camp site on the caldera rim (centre below). Note the fresh black lava that spread all around the south crater and across the caldera floor in the lava lake overflowing event prior to the magma drainage and partially collapsing craters. (c)
Aerial view of the central part of the Erta Ale's summit caldera with the north crater (left), south... [info]
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Aerial view of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera and the many active fumaroles and sulphur deposits around it (c)
Aerial view of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera and the many active fumaroles and sulph... [info]
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Lava spattering up from one of the small active vents on the edge of the south crater (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
Lava spattering up from one of the small active vents on the edge of the south crater (Erta Ale summ... [info]
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Daytine view down into the south crater, with large portions of the inner crater walls that collapsed down (centre) and thick clouds of volcanic gasses obscuring the view of the active lava lake below (top centre and left) (Erta Ale summit caldera) (c)
Daytine view down into the south crater, with large portions of the inner crater walls that collapse... [info]
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Nighttime close up of the actively boiling lava lake in the south crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Nighttime close up of the actively boiling lava lake in the south crater of Erta Ale's summit calder... [info]
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Gas rising up and exploding through the lava lake's surface creates lots of spattering at the edge of the lake (south crater inside Erta Ale's summit caldera) (c)
Gas rising up and exploding through the lava lake's surface creates lots of spattering at the edge o... [info]
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Nighttime view of the cracked zigzag pattern of the thin crust on top of the active lava lake inside the south crater of Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Nighttime view of the cracked zigzag pattern of the thin crust on top of the active lava lake inside... [info]
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Strong degassing from the lava lake often (partially) obscures the actively boiling lava lake at the bottom of the south crater in Erta Ale's summit caldera (c)
Strong degassing from the lava lake often (partially) obscures the actively boiling lava lake at the... [info]
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