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Old 04-07-2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default Digging for salt in the 'Gateway to Hell', one of the hottest places on Earth

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Photographer Massimo Rumi travelled to Ethiopia to take these extraordinary images
The Danakil Depression in northern Ethiopia has the highest year-round temperatures in the world
People have mined salt in the area for centuries, traditionally carting away tiles of salt by camel
The landscape, pockmarked with active volcanoes and sulphur springs, is strangely beautiful
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...eway-Hell.html


The working day starts early in the Danakil Depression, a landscape
pitted with active volcanoes and springs which pump out plumes of
foul-smelling sulphur



The sulphur and salt have created over the centuries a fantastical
landscape, which some visitors have compared to the Moon



It is a landscape you would not want to cross in the darkness,
because a mis-step can drop the unwary visitor into a crevice or
a vat of lava or steaming sulphur



It would be hard work even in a mild climate. The miners hack
away at the salt crust of the depression, breaking it into slabs,
which can then be lifted out and loaded onto their camels



The salt is chopped into slabs, which need to be a certain size
and weight. Most of the salt is destined for Ethiopian and Sudanese
farmers, who use them as what are known as mineral licks. In this
way animals are provided with essential nutrients



The camels are loaded up with the 'white gold' and led up out
of the depression and to the town of Berhale, which is three days'
walk



Camels, which famously store water in their humps, can walk
for days without needing to drink and are the ideal means of
transportation



The Danakil Depression is in a remote part of Ethiopia close
to the border with Eritrea, which became independent in 1993


Lots more photos to go look at.
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That looks like backbreaking, soul stealing work. Kudos to them - they've got to be tough men to be doing this day in, day out.
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