Dankalia, 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, it is a vast expanse of deserts, lava and below-sea-level salt plains and lakes, active and extinct volcanoes along a north/south chain. The hottest region on the Earth, 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. The coastal part entirely in Eritrea and the inner, larger part in Ethiopia, it is the land of the Australopithecus afarensis (the tree million years old “Lucy” from Hadar, Ethiopia) and Buia's Homo Ergaster (from Alat, Eritrea, one million years old), quite likely the cradle of humanity. The pictures span a period between 1965 and 1974 - indeed morphologically little if anything should have changed in Dankalia to this day, they are as actual now as they were yesterday. The related section is now (2014, after12 years on the web) sketchily documented, enriched and graphically enhanced.

Dallol Geysers and solfatara
Dallol The Crater An extremely dangerous place
Dallol The treacherous terrain Watch your steps
Assale The Towers Great works of erosion
Assale Assale's Plain and Lake
Assale Salt Rivers Not only water flows
Lake Afrera A marvelous salt lake 120 meters below sea level
The Ertale Volcano An active volcano in a long chain of extinct ones
En route views along the way from Agula to the Ertale volcano
En route views along the way from Massawa to Mersa Fatma
Batie and the Awash River
The Rift Valley Volcanoes of Eritrea and Tigray
An account of these travels, in the Italian Language, at these links: 1 2

Ufficio Studi Del Ministero Dell'A.I. • La Dancalia Meridionale
277 pagine storiche dalla Rivista Delle Colonie Italiane riguardanti l'Eritrea, la Dankalia e l'Etiopia.
La Lingua degli Afar • Vocabolario Italiano-Dankalo e Dankalo-Italiano


Early Pleistocene Artifacts from Alat and Dandiero
Fossils from Alat and Dandiero
Buia's District and Alat's homo site
The Mysterious " donut " Structures at Alat descriptive
The Mysterious " donut " Structures at Alat pictorial
In and around the Alid Volcano and a small volcanic cone below it
Two artifacts from unexplored zones in-between Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy) and Homo buia

A Step Towards Human Origins • The Buia Homo one-million years ago in the Eritrean Danakil Depression.
New data on the Jurassic and Neogene sedimentation in the Danakil Horst and Northern Afar depression, Eritrea.
Ludovico M. Nesbitt • Pictures and drawings from the book which narrates the incredible adventures of the first Europeans who successfully crossed the planet's most hostile and savage environment [See also: La Spedizione Nesbitt in Dancalia].
Dankalia • Articles of related interest

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