Erta Ale

Camp life

We flew, by helicopter, from Makalle on 14.2.2002 and stayed at Erta Ale untill 19.2.2002. The pictures below may give an impression, not of the heat encountered on the volcano, but a general feel for the logistic problems, but also the fun of camp life on Erta Ale.

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Who in their right mind would fly buckets full of soil to Erta Ale? Seismologists would!
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Long, cold (!) wait for the helicopter. Are freezing tempreratures, rather than heat, going to be our problem on the volcano?
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Arrival of the gigantic Russian Mi-8 at Erta Ale. To give us a good view it circles above the pit before landing.
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The eagle has landed! When Angelika joins the unloading even the pilot gives a helping hand...
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Water, our most treasured commodity on EA, and Saada, «our» Afar princess!
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Dante and the second cook in their little kingdom - the kitchen!
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SOL team on Erta Ale. Sorry Thomas, that your illnes stopped you, in the last minute, from coming along!
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Our military guards (here admiring a polaroid photo), during the days on the volcano, become dear friends.
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Asrat and Saada during the daily radio contact with Addis Abeba.
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How he must be wondering what these silly scientists are doing...
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...but all of us agree that watching the lava lake is an unforgettable experience.
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Garbage disposal, Erta Ale style. Amazingly, each packet, after impact, caused a lava fountain!
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In a pensive mood, on Erta Ale.
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SOL team members' photo for the «family album». Look: No shadow from the tripod ;-).
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«Capo» Roberto Carniel discussing procedures with base camp manager Asrat. Marco standing by.
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Some of us had «rooms» for sleeping in. Josh's room was rather small, but very close to the pit.
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Heidera is waiting patiently as we install one of the portable seismic stations.
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View, from a hornito, across the active pit. The camp is on the far right.
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Bernhard Edmayer seen during one of the rare moments when he was taking photos of the lava lake ;-).
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The mighty Mi-8 has, safely, brought us back to Makalle. Must show this one to my family...
Special photos, for expedition participants only, by Angelika Jung-Huettl...