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When arrived at the salt mine, you will be greeted by all these camels waiting for the workers to load chunks of salt as you see in the background. Then they will 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.

I used flash to soften the shadow because of the strong contrast of white salt, it is like snow in the sun.

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Additional Photos by Way Lim (Waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2718 W: 156 N: 6058] (24938)
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