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Erta Ale volcano + Dallol: tour photos Jan 2018 by Anastasia Ganuschenko

Some impressions of our 'Desert, salt and volcanoes'expedition to Erta Ale and Dallol from 13 to 26 January 2018 - all images taken by participant Anastasia Ganuschenko. The new fissure eruption site which opened up on Erta Ale's flank a year before is still very active; now that some of the early lavas cooled down one can get very close to some of the lava lakes and hornitos that are still active. And thanks to the rainfall that finally came after about 4 years of drought the colourful scenery with salt deposits, acid lakes and small geysirs at the hydrothermal site of Dallol was once again looking its best!

Besides the 14-days tour group departures that we organise to this destination from mid November through to mid March we also offer customised tours at chosen dates for small groups and individuals. Please contact us through email for more information on such private expeditions to Erta Ale and Dallol!
Exploring and studying older lava flow deposits in the Danakil desert  (Photo: Anastasia)
Exploring and studying older lava flow deposits in the Danakil desert (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Our expedition organiser and Ethiopian geologist Enku explaining the formation of volcanic features in the landscape (Photo: Anastasia)
Our expedition organiser and Ethiopian geologist Enku explaining the formation of volcanic features ... [info]
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Driving down from the green highlands around Addis down into the Danakil desert we pass through the African steppe vegetation and have a short safari in Awash National Park (Photo: Anastasia)
Driving down from the green highlands around Addis down into the Danakil desert we pass through the ... [info]
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Tour guide Enku at the site of a sudden fissure eruption that occurred some 10 years ago (Photo: Anastasia)
Tour guide Enku at the site of a sudden fissure eruption that occurred some 10 years ago (Photo: Ana... [info]
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As we descend into the Danakil depression the scenery becomes drier and the geology of the local rocks changes (Photo: Anastasia)
As we descend into the Danakil depression the scenery becomes drier and the geology of the local roc... [info]
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Our tour guide collecting some nice obsidian pieces (Photo: Anastasia)
Our tour guide collecting some nice obsidian pieces (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Although the roads have improved significantly over the past 10 years, the last part to Erta Ale basecamp remains off road! (Photo: Anastasia)
Although the roads have improved significantly over the past 10 years, the last part to Erta Ale bas... [info]
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Having a little break during our explorations of Erta Ale's summit area, in the company of Afar guides and policemen (Photo: Anastasia)
Having a little break during our explorations of Erta Ale's summit area, in the company of Afar guid... [info]
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Close up of the cooled black crust atop an active lava flow at the new fissure eruption site (Photo: Anastasia)
Close up of the cooled black crust atop an active lava flow at the new fissure eruption site (Photo:... [info]
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As the lava underneath keeps flowing, the cold upper crust breaks up, showing the red ht liquid lava below (Photo: Anastasia)
As the lava underneath keeps flowing, the cold upper crust breaks up, showing the red ht liquid lava... [info]
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A hornito formed through lava spattering at the new fissure eruption site (Photo: Anastasia)
A hornito formed through lava spattering at the new fissure eruption site (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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At nighttime the fast moving lava in the 'lake' at the new fissure eruption site is even more impressive (Photo: Anastasia)
At nighttime the fast moving lava in the 'lake'at the new fissure eruption site is even more impress... [info]
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The lake is connected with 'lava falls' where the fast moving lava flows down into a pathway deeper below (Photo: Anastasia)
The lake is connected with 'lava falls'where the fast moving lava flows down into a pathway deeper b... [info]
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The morning sun piercing through the steam clouds and volcanic gasses rising up above the south vent in the summit caldera (Photo: Anastasia)
The morning sun piercing through the steam clouds and volcanic gasses rising up above the south vent... [info]
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Taking a closer look at some very fresh lava flows (Photo: Anastasia)
Taking a closer look at some very fresh lava flows (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Exploring the textures and rocks formed during the most recent lava overflows (Photo: Anastasia)
Exploring the textures and rocks formed during the most recent lava overflows (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Leaving Erta Ale on the dirt track back to the main road (Photo: Anastasia)
Leaving Erta Ale on the dirt track back to the main road (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Scenic stop on the way to Hamed Elah (Photo: Anastasia)
Scenic stop on the way to Hamed Elah (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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The unique hydrothermal deposits at Dallol (Photo: Anastasia)
The unique hydrothermal deposits at Dallol (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Lava at depth is the creator of the colourful springs, small geysirs and salt deposits at Dallol (Photo: Anastasia)
Lava at depth is the creator of the colourful springs, small geysirs and salt deposits at Dallol (Ph... [info]
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Photographer Anastasia together with expedition leader Enku at Dallol (Photo: Anastasia)
Photographer Anastasia together with expedition leader Enku at Dallol (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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There are many greenish acid ponds amidst the yellow-orange-brown mineralisations at Dallol (Photo: Anastasia)
There are many greenish acid ponds amidst the yellow-orange-brown mineralisations at Dallol (Photo: ... [info]
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So far there is no other hydrothermal site known with such intense colours and activity as Dallol (Photo: Anastasia)
So far there is no other hydrothermal site known with such intense colours and activity as Dallol (P... [info]
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Explaining the hydrothermal activity and salt deposits near Hamed Ela (Photo: Anastasia)
Explaining the hydrothermal activity and salt deposits near Hamed Ela (Photo: Anastasia) [info]
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Checking the acid water that collects in the many ponds near the salt deposits of Hamed Ela (Photo: Anastasia)
Checking the acid water that collects in the many ponds near the salt deposits of Hamed Ela (Photo: ... [info]
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