a planet within a planet, is the land of the Afar People.
From the shores of the Red Sea inland to the feet of the Eritrean
and Ethiopian highlands this is the heart of the Rift Valley,
geologically one of the most active spots on the planet. A
vast expanse of lava, deserts, below-sea-level salt plains
and lakes and active and extinct volcanoes along a north/south
chain; a desolate land with an extremely salty lake (Lake
Afrera, also named Lake Giulietti
after the Italian explorer killed by the Afars in 1881) at
140 meters under the sea level kept alive by the thermal springs
feeding it, it is the hottest region on the Earth. Its coastal
part entirely in Eritrea and the inner and larger part in
Ethiopia it was home to the Australopithecus afarensis, Lucy
from Hadar, Ethiopia, and Buia's Homo Ergaster from Alat,
Eritrea; quite likely the cradle of humanity. The pictures
on this site span a period between 1965 and 1974 and indeed
morphologically little has changed in those regions to this
day notwithstanding the eruptions of the Ertale and the Nabro
volcanoes, they are as actual now as they were yesterday.
While presently there is an abundance of material on the Web
related to Dankalia, that presented on this site goes back
to those days when these regions were little known, hardly
accessible and reaching them was always a dangerous adventure.