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.