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You might have seen the close up of my camel “The Welcoming Committee.” at the salt mine. This is the one of the many lines of camel caravan on the way to the salt mine. They will be loaded up with chunks of salt and begin their days-long journey across the desert to a market town where the slabs are sold to merchants and loaded on to trucks. For centuries the Afar people have mined rich salt deposits left behind from Red Sea floods in the region.

Northern Ethiopia's Afar depression—also called the Danakil depression—is one of the hottest places on Earth. Parts of the region are more than 300 feet below sea level, forming a cauldron where temperatures reach above 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and active volcanoes roil. It was well over 100 degree when we were here. It is not recommended to travel here after March. The ideal time it January and February.

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